"Even before the outbreak of the pandemic, world trade and economy had been deteriorated by financial crash and US-China trade war. With the recent decoupling of global powers, collapse of international travel and disruptions in global value chains, would COVID-19 reverse globalisation? Join BritCham's first debate of 2020, as two panels of experts go head to head to debate whether globalisation will survive in light of the pandemic. The debate will follow the Oxford style format, with the audience deciding the outcome."
Debate Motion: 'This house believes that COVID-19 will reverse globalisation'
1. The moderator will begin proceedings by explaining the premise of the debate, the rules and by taking an initial vote
2. Opening Remarks: After the initial vote, the debaters present their opening remarks one at a time (3 mins each). Representatives from each side alternate in sharing their points
3. Intra-Panel Discussion: Following opening remarks, the debaters engage with one another directly. The discussion is guided by arguments from opening statements and questions from the moderator.
4. Question-and-Answer Period: During this portion of the debate, audience members have the opportunity to ask the debaters questions regarding the motion.
5. Closing Remarks: Following the question-and-answer section, the debaters deliver separate 2-minute closing arguments.
6. A final vote is then taken. The winning team will be the one that produces the largest swing in opinion from the room.