The Scholars’ Debate has been a key element of the calendar for over 10 years. During this time there have been great many memorable debates focusing on a wide variety of issues from free speech to human rights, climate change to  terrorism and everything in between.

Whatever the topic, the aim of the Scholars’ Debate is to generate a unique, interdisciplinary and policy-orientated discussion of topical issues of international significance, as well as developing the Scholars’ skills of collaboration, organisation and initiative.

Highlights of the latest debates

2018: Hate speech is Free speech Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald

2017: Donald Trump Inaugural Debate and Q&A with Sir Trevor McDonald

2015: Economic Inequality is a Necessary Evil

2014: Monopolising God: The Politics of Religion and Citizens’ Rights Today and Post-2014 Afghanistan: What is the West’s Responsibility?

2012: The Arab Uprisings: One Year On: Voices from the Ground

The WHT Scholars’ Debate is a unique event as it is completely organised and run by the WHT Scholars. For me, it was a pleasure to attend and witness how the hard work of my fellow Scholars paid off in such a wonderful way. They managed to spark a lively, respectful and interesting conversation around the issue of hate speech and free speech, as well as demonstrate their talent as public speakers.

Diana Jimenez Thomas Rodriguez, Mexico, MPhil Development Studies, Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld and Hoffmann
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