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Ever since 2001, when the Heart of Europe international debating tournament was founded by John L. Wickham, it has been bringing people together from various cultures all over the world in a spirit of friendship and learning.

The meaning behind the name of the tournament is not only a description of its central location, but also a reference to the role that the Czech Republic, or previously Czechoslovakia, tried to play throughout the 20th century – being a bridge between the East and the West.

So far, the tournament has seen people from 5 different continents, and on a regular basis it serves as a safe place for free exchange of ideas between representatives of all of the different major world religions and secular political persuasions.


  • To promote free speech;
  • To nurture the skills of public speech and rhetorics;
  • To develop cooperation among the youth;
  • To advocate debate;
  • To foster cultural and social understanding and exchange;
  • To promote the Czech Republic and Olomouc Region;
  • To contribute to education.

In accordance with these goals, all participating teams agree upon the following

Any team is required to be willing to debate any issue;

Any team of a participating nation will likely be required to debate against the team of another participating nation;

Any and all teams are entitled to take part in the Heart of Europe Debating Tournament under the same set of regulations and requirements as other teams, possessing the same rights and responsibilities.

Regulations and Guidelines

All debates are conducted in English. A team may consist of 3-5 members who are between 11 and 21 years old each. The participants have to be students of a secondary/high school or recent graduates of a high school, meaning that they graduated from a high school no earlier than 3 months before the start of the tournament. The regulations may be adjusted on individual basis due to, for instance, differences in education systems in the teams’ respective countries of origin. Refer to the Rules for more detailed information.

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Czech Debate Society

Residential address:
Czech Debate Society
Tomkova 314/45
779 00
Czech Republic, Europe

Postal address:
Jakub Kadlec
Zeyerova 14
779 00
Czech Republic, Europe

Email: info@c-d-s.cz



July 13 2017


Start: 13 July, 2017
End: 18 July, 2017
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