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International Mace Final 2017
Sat 29 April 2017, 12:00 – 19:00 BST
The International Mace Final is the final stage of John Smith Memorial Mace and the Schools Mace. The National School and University Champions of Scotland, Ireland (including Northern Ireland), Wales and England will meet in a final debate to determine who will win the International Mace.
There will be two semi finals in the morning between the National Schools Champions. There will be one final between the final two Schools Champions and one final with the four University Champions in the afternoon.
The motions for the debate will be challenging but accessible to a wider audience. These are this year's topics:
Motion: This House would abolish the International Criminal Court
Proposition: England: Ed and Greg, Eton College
Opposition: Wales: Odunayo and Havi, Cardiff Sixth Form College
Motion: This House would boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Proposition: Ireland: Padraic and Ronan, St Francis College, Rochestown
Opposition: Scotland: Aya and Hannah, The Mary Erskine School
The Final will be between the winner of Semi-Final 1 and the winner of Semi-Final 2.
International Schools' Mace Grand Final Motion: This House would weight votes according to age, such that the weight of your vote decreases with age
First proposition: England: Teck Wei Tan and Louis Collier from University of Oxford
First opposition: Ireland: Sarah Jennings and Chris Costigan from Trinity College Dublin
Second proposition: Scotland: Ethan Silver and Dylan Desjardins from University of Edinburgh
Second opposition: Wales: Carl Rix and Samuel Harrison from University of Swansea
Motion:This House Would Allow People To Sign Legally Enforceable ‘Ulysses Contracts’
The debates will be judged by panels made up of highly qualifed and experienced judges from Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland as well as ESU staff.
There will be an award ceremony and reception to conclude the day. It will also be the 60th anniversary of the Schools' Mace and there will be a celebration of the history of the oldest and largest competition in the UK.
11:15am - Registration and refreshments
12pm - Welcome
12:05-12:55pm – International Schools’ Mace Semi-Final: Debate One
1–1:50pm – International Schools’ Mace Semi-Final: Debate Two
1:50pm - Lunch and Semi-Final judges’ deliberation
2:25pm - Announcement of Schools’ Mace Grand Finalists
3pm – International Schools’ Mace Grand Final
3:55pm – Coffee break and judges’ deliberation
4:40pm— John Smith Memorial Mace International Grand Final
5:40pm—Judges’ deliberation and drinks reception
6:15pm - Announcement of International Mace Final Winners
7pm — Departure