We're pleased to announce that this year we have 98 schools entering the tournament from across Scotland. Watch this space to see more updates following the first round heats which will take place on the following dates: 

  • Thursday 16 November
  • Thursday 23 November
  • Tuesday 28 November

Get the highlights from the latest rounds from judges and schools by following #DewarDebate on Twitter.

Please note that registration for this year's competition are now closed.

How the debate works

Learn about the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament format, rules and timescales.

Information for teams

Find out how to enter a team for the debate and read case studies from past competitors.

Information for judges

Whether you're a law student, a trainee, a practicing or retired solicitor or just love debating, we'd love to hear from you!