LawLink January 2014
NUS Law Wins Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championships
NUS Law emerge as victors again in the Asian British Parliamentary Debating Championships! The championships was organised by Beihang University, Beijing from 1 to 8 October last year. Kelvin Chong ’15 was named the best speaker in the finals; while teammates Xiao Hongyu ’14 and fellow law student Bryan Chan ’15 count among the top ten speakers in the competition. Winning the championships for the second time consecutively with team mate Hongyu, Kelvin gives LawLink an account of his exciting experience at the championships.
Participating and winning the Asian British Parliamentary Debating
Championship was quite a challenge for us this year. This was in part due to the
pressure, which was placed on us as defending champions and also because
the competition had gotten tougher with many teams competing as favourites to
win. This was evidenced by the fact that we finished the preliminary rounds in
third place, and neither of us finished as the top speaker.
NUS was crowned the champion after defeating Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), International Islamic University (Malaysia) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia) in a unanimous decision (7-0) in the finals. The annual debate tournament brought together 112 teams from Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Korea, Hong Kong, India, Macau and Japan. The teams competed in nine preliminary rounds of debates, which covered a wide range of current issues including some legal topics.
Congratulations to the team! You have done the NUS community proud!