The Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament

(You can also watch this video on Vimeo with footage courtesy of The Scottish Parliament © SPCB 2014)

Welcome to the Law Society of Scotland's schools debating page. The Society's tournament, the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament, is sponsored by Hodder Gibson publishers.

 We believe debating is good fun, teaches skills that are invaluable at university, job interviews and in employment. Most importantly we believe anyone can take part, so don’t worry if you are a beginner!

New to debating? Download our ‘guide to debating’ here.


Team registration is now open for the 2016/2017 tournament - register now. The closing date for registrations is Friday 7th October. If you have any questions please contact


The debates are held in the evenings in schools across Scotland. Judges are normally in panels of 3, so if you are new to debating - don’t worry - we will team you with some experienced judges. We also send out tournament guidelines and guidance on how to mark to make it all straightforward. Complete this form to register as a judge for this year!