During the competition, no later than 10 days prior to the match, the software randomly assigns a curated debate statement following the theme of the round to 2 matched teams. Debate positions will be determined just before the start of the match.
The competition consists of several themes (ie 1 theme = 1 round of debate matches), whereas every match will be on a different debate statement.
Group Phase – Day 1
The contemporary social challenges shaping our modern society.
Group Phase – Day 2
The fight against the environmental emergency in a capitalist society.
Group Phase – Day 3
The exercise of political powers in democratic societies.
Elimination Phase – 1/8 Finals
The conflict between personal freedom and public health reignited by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Elimination Phase – 1/4 Finals
The search for an economic recovery in a fragile context.
The game of international relations: between sovereignty and cooperation.
The Regulatory challenge stemming from the development of new technologies.
Opening Ceremony THIULDT2022
Below you will a selection from some of the past themes of The Hague Inter-University Law Debate Tournament (6 past editions), each with an example of one debate statement.
Theme: Internet and Law
“What is illegal to say offline, must be illegal to say online” (from the President of the European Commission Mrs Von der Leyen).
Europe must support Brazil and the protection of Amazonia using International Law
Theme: Citizens’ rights
Every Constitution must be limited only to the rights of the citizens.
Participative democracy (like Switzerland and its referenda) is the future model of democracy around the world.
Theme: Medical Use of Drugs
Medical cannabis must be legalised by state authorities.
Theme: Animal Law
The use of animals for entertainment purposes must be banned.
Theme: Natural Areas
Economic exploitation of protected natural areas should be prohibited.
Theme: Public Order
Online control of information is serving the need for public order.
Theme: Positive Discrimination
Men and Women must be equally represented in the public sector, specifically in the senior public service.
Theme: State Sovereignty
The right for a state to intervene in the internal affairs of another state must be allowed in cases of human rights issues.
Theme: Freedom of Press
The freedom of the press is compatible with respect for privacy.
Theme: Law and Society
The law follows the evolution of society and does not make it evolve
During the pandemic, football players must accept a reduction of their salaries.