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National Debate Competition on Digital Liberty by Students for Liberty: Nov 13-14

by Ajshal
Students for Liberty

About Student for Liberty

Students For Liberty (SFL) is the largest international pro-liberty student organization across the globe in terms of leaders, countries represented, and events. We are thoroughly trained and professional. We have a high level of understanding of the ideas of liberty and can clearly and effectively explain the economic and philosophical rationale for the issues we stand for.

Rising above partisan politics, we engage in open and civil discourse over how to best promote freedom in all aspects of our lives. We respect that everyone comes to their justification for liberty in their own way and we are supportive of them in that journey. Liberty creates a better world and our message surrounding the ideas are welcoming, positive, and inspiring.

About the Competition

A turncoat debate is a style of debating in which an individual is allotted a certain amount of time to speak on the given motion. The debater has to divide the time allotted to them in equal halves wherein they speak for the motion in the first half and then halfway through, they go against the very same thing. So it has to be, for example, two minutes of speaking in favour of the motion and the other two against it, in case the allotted time is four minutes. The very reason why it’s called turncoat, you change your stance midway through your speech, turning away 180° from the place you set yourself in the discourse. In the simplest of words, liberty is the freedom to think, and to express ourselves. Intellectual responsibility stems from the realization that there is no eternal, unchanging or absolute truth. We at Students for Liberty bring to you a turncoat debate competition because we believe in the core value of liberty- growth.


“The Era of Digitalization: Balancing Liberty and Security in a Democracy”


13th-14th November



Rules and Regulations

  1. There will be two rounds: Preliminary Round (13th November) and Finale Round (14th November).
  • Every participant will get 6 minutes each in the Preliminary Round. Midway through the speech, the participants will have to change their stance- i.e. at the completion of 3 minutes.

  • Top 15% participants will qualify for finals.
  • Every participant will get 10 minutes each in the Finals. Midway through the speech, the participants will have to change their stance- i.e. at the completion of 5 minutes.

  • The debaters would be judged on the basis of the quality of their argument (detailed marking criteria will be shared after registration), so it is advised for the debaters to research well for both sides of the argument.
  • Only individual participation is allowed. 

  • The debaters have to ensure that cameras and mics are functional before the start of the event.

  • The camera must be switched on during the entire turn of speaking.

  • The language of Communication should be English only.

  • Eligibility Criteria for Participation: Higher Secondary and above.
  1. In case of any dispute, decision of the Organizing Committee will be final.

So are you up for challenging yourself, and your competitors? If yes, you are on the right place at the right time.

Register now to be a part of Students for Liberty’s Turncoat Debate Championship on Digital Liberty.

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Organizing Committee Members:

Samridhi Seth

Aryan Jalali

Ananya Panda

Jay Makhijani

Helly Malviya

For any queries, feel free to reach out at:

Samridhi Seth (9354554833)

Aryan Jalali (9560906180)

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