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, and that anyone can take part. This website is not only designed to support our own competition but to support all debating and public speaking in schools, and provide everything you need to know about the basics of debating.

Please use the links below for more information:


Team Registration is now closed for for the 2015/2016 Tournament. Registration for the 2016/2017 Tournament will open in Summer 2016. If you have any questions please contact


We are always looking for new judges for our debating tournament. Find out more about judging and email to register interest.

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