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Proposition: Arthur Lee (WSDC Team Singapore) vs. Opposition: Bridget Kernan (Wood River High School)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

Resolution: RESOLVED: The United Nations should adopt a resolution decrying or demanding an end to the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan.

  • Arthur Lee
    Arthur Lee

    Bridget  Kernan
    Bridget Kernan
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    Posted at April 21, 2014 07:04:26AM EST by Arthur Lee



    Matsutani, Minoru, 23/09/2009 The Japan Times, "Details on how Japan's dolphin catches work", p.3

    Author Unknown. 2014. Oceanic Preservation Society. "Issues: Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji." Retrieved 20/4 from:

    Posted at April 23, 2014 12:31:54AM EST by Bridget Kernan



    "Stop Elephant Poaching: Ban Ivory Trade." Peachy Green RSS. Wildlife, 2009. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Godbole, Medha. "Endangered Dolphins." Buzzle., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <>.

    "Why The United Nations Is a Useless Failure." Phil for Humanity. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014. <>.

    Posted at April 23, 2014 07:18:11AM EST by Arthur Lee



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    Posted at April 25, 2014 01:18:53AM EST by Bridget Kernan



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    Posted at April 25, 2014 09:55:43AM EST by Arthur Lee



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    Submitted at April 28, 2014 01:21:02AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    Category Arthur Lee Bridget Kernan
    Use of evidence: 4.5 4.5
    Delivery skill: 5 3.8
    Coherence of arguments: 5 4.4
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.5 5
    Identification of key points: 5 3.9
    Comments: Great speaking voice and well researched speech. I like how you define and clarify your points shortly after your introduction. You do a good job preempting a bunch of the likely opposition arguments.

    I like how you isolate the key issue that makes whether the UN's action can solve is secondary. You could use more time answering the cultural arguments beyond just the ivory parallel.
    Try to give more eye contact with the camera. If you read off the computer screen it makes it easier to do this. I think you should lead with your offense and not just defense. The most important thing to do in your initial speech is establish an offensive reason why the prop team is incorrect. Your speech gets much better when you get to that point.

    I think a lot of your speech is defensive. You need to put more emphasis on the Japanese fishing rights and cultural arguments instead of making analogies as much. Your speech needs to overcome the question of why not go ahead and try? Impact out the UN rules. Why would it matter if we lost the liberty the UN promises?

    The decision is for the Opposition: Bridget Kernan

    Reason for Decision:

    While the proposition did a very good job, the final speech was private and was unable to be viewed. With that in mind I think the opposition effectively countered a number of the proposition's points. I do believe if the prop gave a closing speech that there is a highly likelihood I would have found myself voting for the proposition.

    1 Comment

    Thank you so much for the feedback judge,it really helps. And thank you again for your time!
    Amazing job Arthur! You had a great case! - Bridget Kernan on April 28, 2014 at 10:02AM EST

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