Meet the finalists...

The semi-final rounds of the Donald Dewar Memorial Debating Tournament 2021/22 took place remotely on 10 and 15 March, returning to the unseen motion format. The motions were announced just one hour prior to the debate and participants were not permitted the use of technology, books or other external sources to prepare. This year semi-finalists debated the motion, "This House supports civil disobedience to further environmental causes".

This year's national final will return to the debating chamber of the Scottish Parliament in June, with registered judges and pupils who participated in earlier rounds to be invited to attend and watch the finalists in action.

The teams who have made it through to our final are:

  • Fortrose Academy, Highland 
  • Dunfermline High School, Fife
  • The High School of Glasgow
  • Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow

If you are interested in entering a team for next year's tournament, please contact

If you're new to debating, please let us know and we can send you information relating to setting up a debate club at your school. 

In the meantime, the 2021/22 tournament winner will be announced soon, so stay tuned!  


Whether you are experienced or new to debating, get involved with Scotland's biggest high school debating competition today. Debating is a great way to learn and develop new skills, but can also improve your public speaking skills and develop your self-confidence. David Blair, a past participant and now a judge in the tournament, explains how being involved has helped him in his role as a solicitor.

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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!