About Us



 Excellence in debating. International understanding. Freedom of speech.

The World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) is a truly global competition for high school debaters. The Championships take place each year in a different country, hosted by a national debating body. Past venues include Qatar, Seoul, Athens, Cape Town, Bangkok, Singapore, Stuttgart, Bali, Zagreb and in 2019 Colombo, Sri Lanka.




First held in 1988, the World Schools Debating Championships have their genesis in Australia’s bicentennial year.  Six nations (Australia, Canada, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United States competed in the  “the Bicentennial International School Students Debating Championships”. This event would later be renamed the World Schools Debating Championships in 1991.

Member Countries


Seventy-five countries have participated at the WSDC since its inception in 1988. Of these, only Australia, Canada, England and the USA have competed in every World Championships. The most recent championships in Zagreb, Croatia welcomed 65 nations to this event, making it a truly international competition.