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Proposition: Byron Ruano (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Jessica Nagulendran (Anglo-Chinese Junior College)

Judge: A. Marie Houser (Unaffiliated)

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

  • Byron Ruano
    Byron Ruano
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    Jessica Nagulendran
    Jessica Nagulendran
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    Posted at May 5, 2014 11:25:41PM EST by Byron Ruano

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/04/world/asia/japan-cancels-whale-hunt-off-antarctica-after-ruling.html?_r=0

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47468#.U2hAvdy4lFI

    http://www.un.org/en/documents/charter/chapter1.shtml

    http://www.cetaceanrights.org

    http://iwc.int/home

    Posted at May 7, 2014 09:00:46AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at May 8, 2014 12:04:26AM EST by Byron Ruano

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    Posted at May 8, 2014 10:12:59PM EST by Jessica Nagulendran

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    Saudi Arabian woman killed after defying ban on driving - http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/655388-saudi-woman-killed-defying-driving-ban.html Myanmar abuse of Rohingya - http://www.arabnews.com/news/568066 NYPD Stop-and-Frisk - http://www.nyclu.org/issues/racial-justice/stop-and-frisk-practices Japanese women career struggles - http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/japan-struggles-with-women-in-the-workforce/ Norway and Icelands refusal to compromise - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/03/140331-whaling-japan-international-court-ocean-animal-conservation/

    Posted at May 9, 2014 11:15:09PM EST by Byron Ruano

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    Submitted at May 11, 2014 10:17:22PM EST by A. Marie Houser

    Category Byron Ruano Jessica Nagulendran
    Use of evidence: 4 3
    Delivery skill: 3.6 3.6
    Coherence of arguments: 3.8 2.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.5 2.5
    Identification of key points: 4.5 4.5
    Comments: Hi Byron, you started off very strong, but didn't finish quite as well. The proposition closing might have been a time to talk about how some UN resolutions carry legal authority -- for instance, the Declaration for Human Rights (what Jessica keyed in on) is not a binding document, but the UN's international covenants are -- and these have been used to force, for instance, an investigation into police brutality in Australia. You responded very effectively to Jessica's misapprehension of your arguments. Overall, a good job. Hi Jessica, you presented well in terms of organization and clarity, but did miss the mark in your opposition constructive. You recovered a bit in your opposition rebuttal by using the Declaration of Human Rights as an example of resolutions that are nonbinding and nonperformative. The other points were far less persuasive. Thank you for participating.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Byron Ruano

    Reason for Decision:

    As I discuss in the video, I thought that Byron had the more cogent and persuasive argument, one that included more than one appeal: a logical appeal, yes, but also an appeal to ethos, or issues about credibility and morality. He did an effective job of calling into question Jessica's anticipation that Japan might ignore an order mandated by the ICJ, as against Japan's history of abiding by the ICJ's order that it stop whaling under the guise of scientific pursuits.

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