From March 9 to 11 Debattierklub Wien hosted the Vienna IV for the second time since it’s inception. 50 teams competed in 6 British Parliamentary rounds on Friday and Saturday. The tournament was chief adjudicated by Maja Cimerman, Mark Manson and Michael Shapira. The Semi and Final debates were held in the festive location of the University of Vienna on Sunday March 11.
Patrick Ehmann and John Tomas Eltringham from Berlin A won the Vienna IV speaking from closing proposition on the motion “Given the technology for a full-term pregnancy in an incubator, THB humanity should seek to abolish natural pregnancy”. Berlin A defeated on a 3 to 4 split decision Lukas Haffert and Veronique Lorenz from Tilbury House B; Fabian Farkas and Lyuba Ilieva from Tilbury House East and Arielle Dundas and Tomas Beerthuis from the University of Utrecht. Congratulations to Partick Ehmann for topping the tab.
John-Thomas Eltringham, Patrick Ehmann, (Berlin A) Lukas Haffert, Veronique Lorenz (Tilbury House B), Tomas Beerthuis, Arielle Dundas (Utrecht He’s Just Not That Into Her), Lyuba Ilieva, Fabian Farkas (Tilbury House East) [from left to right]
The Final was chaired by Isabelle Fischer along with Maja Cimerman, Mark Manson, Michael Shapira , Leela Koenig, Danique van Koppenhagen, Tarit Mukherjee, Omer Nevo, and Stefan Zweiker.
Georg Krakow, Claudia Mahrer and Phillipp Maier from Baker & McKenzie on the honorary jury awarded the Baker & McKenzie Best Final Speaker prize to the summary speaker of the opposition Veronique Lorenz.
After 6 Rounds, out of 50 teams the break to Semi Finals on the motion “This House believes that EU Countries should promote Christianity and not other religions” was as follows:
Semi Final 1
John-Thomas Eltringham and Patrick Ehmann from Berlin A (BDU) on 16 point speaking in Opening Proposition
Arielle Dundas, Tomas Beerthuis from Utrecht University on 14 points speaking in Opening Opposition
Gregg Roman and Mika Kayt from RRIS A on 13 points speaking in Closing Government
Michael Sutherland and Renee Yeh from Chinese University of Hong Kong on 12 points speaking in Closing Opposition.
The Semi Final 1 was chaired by Omer Nevo along with Isabelle Fischer, Crt Podloga, Milan Vignjevic and Rosie Halmi.
Semi Final 2
Gustaf Lundgren and Johan Bâge from Stockholm School of Economics A on 15 points speaking in Opening Government
Lukas Haffert and Veroniqque Lorenz from Tilbury House B on 12 points speaking in Opening Opposition
Ahmed Al Suwaidi and Oscar Avery from ULU on 14 points speaking in Closing Proposition
Fabian Farkas and Lyuba Ilieva from Tilbury House East on 13 points in Closing Opposition
The Semi Final 2 was chaired by Tarit Mukherjee along with Leela Koenig, Jocelyn Heng, Christoph Jäger and Leonhard Weese.
This links to the APA Picture gallery of the Final.
The motions of the Vienna IV 2012
Rd 1: THW introduce mandatory trips to Nazi concentration camps for Austrian elementary school students.
Rd 2: This House supports the use of charity rather than state welfare systems.
Rd 3: This House believes that Russia was justified in vetoing intervention in Syria.
Rd 4: This House believes that Facebook is justified to censor any of its users’ content for any reason it sees fit.
Rd 5: This House supports the appointment of technocratic governments in Eurozone countries suffering fiscal crisis.
Rd 6: THB the Israeli Army should adopt a policy of shooting to kill their own comrades where they are likely to be captured.
Semi Final: This House believes that EU Countries should promote Christianity and not other religions.
Final: Given the ability to carry a full term pregnancy in an incubator. THBT humankind should seek to abolish natural pregnancy.