Debating Matters Competition International Final 2014

Saturday 18 October, 17.30 until 18.45, Frobisher Auditorium 1, Barbican BoI 2014

The Battle of Ideas will host the sixth UK versus India Debating Matters International Final, a showdown between the winners of the Debating Matters Competition UK 2013/14 and the winners of the Debating Matters India Competition 2013/14. Known for its rigorous and intellectually challenging format that values substance over style, the Debating Matters international final will showcase the very best debaters from both countries. The debate will feature students from PSBB Senior Secondary School, KK Nagar, Chennai, India and Franklin College from Grimsby, UK.

This year’s debate motion is: We should be willing to compromise our privacy in the interests of national and international security.

Watch the debate:


Dolan Cummings, associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; editor, Culture Wars; editor, Debating Humanism; co-founder, Manifesto Club

Kim Knott, professor of Religious and Secular Studies; Lancaster University; author, The Location of Religion: A Spatial Analysis

Angela Saini, freelance science journalist; author, Geek Nation

Arushi Nayar
student, PSBB KK Nagar

Josh Smith
former student, Franklin College; politics student, University of Hull

Akshay Venkataraghavan
former student, PSBB Senior Secondary School; law student, Symbiosis Law School (Pune)

Lillian Vessey
student, Franklin College

Jason Smith
associate fellow, Academy of Ideas
Recommended readings
Security vs Privacy

Topic Guide for the Debating Matters International Final 2014.

Dolan Cummings, Debating Matters, 1 August 2014

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