Debate tournaments in law school are a source of information and entertainment for many. While mock trials are plenty, not many institutes hold alternative dispute resolution mock sessions. Debate provides a fairground for argumentative and constructive criticism. It is an opportunity to learn, advise, and ultimately enjoy learning information as both for and against the claim, whether you are in law school or not. If you are a law student, it may be fun to hold an arbitration trial as an alternative dispute resolution. You get to experience the world from the shoes of an arbiter.
Select A Good Topic
The topic of conflict to be argued has to be interesting. you may be tempted to steer clear of the controversial topics because they often end up becoming personal. But a good debate should be factual. The more controversial it is, the more likely the arguments will be fascinating and stir thought pools. Picking an easy topic will only make the conversation boring and uneventful because the easiest ones are rarely ever informative. Do some research on some of the trending issues around the world, or some of the most famous debates of all time to structure your topic and provide your guests with an intellectually stimulating discussion.
Have A Good Panel
The panel you pick should be one that is neutral, but informed so as to fact check the information given as well as understand the premises of the debate stances. Having people who are not informed can however reduce plausible biases, as they come with fresh slated minds and no opinions of their own. However, ensure that they know how debates are run and how to adjudicate. This can ease the process for them and even make it enjoyable. As the panel, they should also be able to navigate discussions and come up with a response. Some topics do not have a right or wrong and therefore having a clear winner of the debate can be challenging.
The mediators (the arbiters) should be people who can play the part of the third party and resist the urge of becoming too emotionally invested. Not only this, but their job is to ensure that the session runs smoothly, fair and square and that time is kept. Sometimes sessions become overwhelming for the participants and emotions become invested. A mediator ensures that everything is on track and poses the right questions to provoke thought and thoughtful responses and while they may aim to steer clear of personal feelings, they are allowed to play devil’s advocate and probe a debater (or in this case ‘parties’) more.
An important member of the team is the time keeper. Their role is to ensure that everything is well-timed and the speakers do not go over their time when responding to a claim or statement. In the rebuttal, it is easy to get carried away. A simple bell or alarm can quickly notify the parties of their time before they infringe upon any rules..