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The Event

What is Altus Disputatio
Hey there!
Come this March, get ready to participate in a debate like no other! The NUALS Economics Forum in association with Centre for Law and Economics presents Altus Disputatio 2017, to be held on the 10th, 11th and 12th of March.
Prove your mastery in the field of debating, and sway the audience with your oratory skills. With its one of a kind “Devil’s Cross” format, Altus Disputatio makes itself distinct from any other debate. Quick thinking and astute words are rewarded here, with lightning fast rounds and incisive reasoning to keep you on your toes. The event promises to be exciting as the teams battle it out for the prize money worth more than a lakh(with the winning team taking home 60k!). Rhetoric and Reasoning are the two skills required and your dexterity in interpreting and judging impartially will always stand you in good stead. Be ready for the most adrenaline filled debate you’ve ever witnessed!


Devil's Cross

How the game is to be played

History

“Altus Disputatio” is a premier debating event conducted by The National University of Advanced Legal Studies(NUALS), Kochi. This event features the unique “Devil’s Cross” format, conceived and patented by our University. The event is a definitive feature of the Debating Circle, and has won much acclaim from participants, judges and the public alike, owing to its fast-paced rounds and unconventional method.

Overview

The debate requires sixteen teams, to be divided into four pools of four teams each- Soprano, Contralto, Baritone, and Tenor. Each team must consist of three members- an inquisitor and two speakers. Each pool will have four sessions and the team with the highest points from each pool will advance to the next round. In the penultimate round, two of these teams will be eliminated. The final round will be between the two surviving teams, one of which will be declared the winner. The competition will be judged by external judges.

Rounds Involved

Altus Disputatio consists of three rounds per game. Expository, Elocution and Entrap.

Expository requires the speakers to deliver their interpretation of the topic for a minute. The topic will be vague and the speakers may feel free to draw analogies and logical deductions from it. The inquisitor's role is to aid the judge in choosing the motion. Bonus points will be awarded if the judge goes with the suggested motion.

Elocution requires the opposition and proposition team to speak on their motion for five minutes. It is to be noted that they DO NOT GET TO PICK SIDES.

Entrap: This is where the inquisitor comes into action. There are two rounds of entrap within every debating session. The mini round and the Final round. In the mini round, the opposition speaker can ask the proposition speaker two questions to which he must answer within a minute and vice versa. In the final round, the inquisitor asks three questions to each of the teams. Points are given based on the quality of the questions. After the final entrap, the judges may ask the teams questions.
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Prizes

Some serious cash to be won!
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Best TeamRs. 60,000/-

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Runners UpRs. 30,000/-

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Best SpeakerRs. 20,000/-

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Best InquisitorRs. 15,000/-

Venue

Hosted at NUALS Campus Kalamassery, Kochi.