DAPDI 2017

Welcome to the page of the Dutch Anglo-Saxon Parliamentary Debating Institute 2017. This year DAPDI will be held from July the 24th until July the 28th. As always, DAPDI will be held in Rotterdam, well known for its modern architecture and for having the largest port in Europe. Rotterdam is well connected to the Dutch railway network (including direct connections to Schiphol airport near Amsterdam) and can be accessed by plane at Rotterdam The Hague airport.


This year's program naturally consists of 3 days of debating workshops given by expert debaters from Oxford. There will be workshops for experienced debaters as well as inexperienced debaters. After these workshops there will be a 2-day BP tournament to conclude DAPDI. The evening program will feature great food in restaurants, stroopwafels, and generally a whole lot of drinking, dancing, and partying. The exact schedule can be found below.


Erasmus University Rotterdam
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062PA Rotterdam



Trainers and CAs

Richard Ngo
Sophie Corke
Jeroen Heun
LuciŽn de Bruin

Costs and payment

The participation fee for DAPDI is €120, -. We'll sent you an e-mail after you've completed the registration form, our treasurer will contact you on specific payments, of course we know that transferring money overseas is quite hard for some of you. In that case we often accept it if you show us a flight ticket and then pay when you come over here.


Registration deadline: 18th of June
Payment deadline: 30th of June


The beginning of the Dutch Anglo-Saxon Parliamentary Debating Institute (DAPDI) goes back to 1989, a year of many great events, such as the beginning of George Bush Senior's term and the student riots in China. Obviously, all these events were firmly overshadowed by the first edition of an event that would change the world of debating forever.

DAPDI basically marked the beginning of parliamentary debating in the Netherlands. Up to that year, there was no real debating activity in our small-but-densely-populated country. DAPDI started a debating culture that would eventually lead to several big debating societies across the nation and some of the best debaters ever!

From the very beginning, the DAPDI has been a joint effort of the Erasmus Debating Society (EDS) and the Oxford Union. This cooperation has always made sure that DAPDI not has only a good organization, but also has the best possible trainers. In 2008 and 2009, at Oxford's initiative, these debating champions were even joined by their fellow countrymen from Cambridge.

DAPDI has always been a place where debaters from all parts of the world find they have at least one thing in common with everybody else they meet at this event. Talented people from all sorts of backgrounds come together in Rotterdam for one week of superb trainings and debates. You wouldn't want to miss out on that now, would you?



Monday, July 24 Tuesday, July 25 Wednesday, July 26
  • 10.00-10.30: Registration
  • 10.30-11.00: Intro
  • 11.00-13.00: Workshops
  • 13.45-15.00: Collective workshop
  • 15.00-17.00: Debates
  • 18.00: Dinner and social
  • 10.00-12.30: Workshops
  • 12.30-13.15: Lunch
  • 13.15-14.30: Collective workshop
  • 14.30-16.00: Debates
  • 16.00-16.15: Break
  • 16.15-17.45: Debates
  • 18.30: Dinner and social
  • 10.00-12.30: Workshops
  • 12.30-13.15: Lunch
  • 13.15-14.30: Collective workshop
  • 14.30-16.00: Debates
  • 16.00-16.15: Break
  • 16.15-17.45: Debates
  • 18.30: Dinner and social
Thursday, July 27 Friday, July 28
  • 09.00-10.00: Tournament registration
  • 10.00-11.45: Round 1
  • 11.45-12.15: Lunch
  • 12.15-14.00: Round 2
  • 14.00-15.45: Round 3
  • 15.45-16.00: Break
  • 16.00-17.45: Round 4
  • 18.30: Dinner and social
  • 10.00-11.45: Round 5
  • 11.45-12.30: Lunch
  • 12.30-14.30: Finals
  • 14.30-15.30: Award ceremony


If you have any questions regarding the workshops, the tournament, or the event in general you can contact us via email at dapdirotterdam@gmail.com.