RIC teams crowned as both, Champions and Runners-up
The debating teams of Royal Institute of Colombo (RIC) were crowned Champions and Runners-up at the Sri Lanka Universities Debating Championship (SLUDC) on the 24th and 25th July 2021 organised in British Parliamentary format by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo. SLUDC was host to many Lankan universities, including teams from the University of Colombo School of Computing, University of Jaffna, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, SLIIT, CFPS and APIIT.
Record-breaking performance by RIC debating teams
RIC’s winning A-team consisted of Yuwanath De Silva and Chetan Perera. The team ranked first in all the preliminary rounds where they were ranked 2nd. The B-team consisted of Gaya Kulatunga and Emma Premaratne. They broke 6th, with the A-team breaking 1st in the preliminary rounds out of the top 8 teams to proceed to the knockout rounds. The A-team performed exceptionally well in the speaker tab with Yuwanath De Silva taking third place and Chetan Perera ranking second.
Emerging victorious in the Grand Finale
The motion for the grand finale was “Assuming the world operates according to a karmic system, this House prefers a world in which one’s karmic score is publicly visible” for which RIC’s B-team was opening government and RIC’s A-team was opening opposition. Although the closing half was at an advantage, RIC teams were able to crowd out the relevance (a rarity within the format) with clear argumentation and coherent strategy. While KDU and UoC-Law made for competitive rivals, the arguments made by both RIC teams held more relevance at the end. The B-team, avenging several losses to team A of KDU, secured Runners-Up. RIC’s A-team secured the shield. The debaters under the Law Students’ Association of Royal Institute of Colombo (LSARIC) have performed consistently well in the local arena, making it to the finale of the Hulftsdorp Debating Championship for the past four years. Earlier, RIC team had represented Sri Lanka at the World University Debating Championship 2020, held in Thailand.
A way forward for the young RIC debaters
Although being crowned as both the Champions and Runners-up of SLUDC is a feat no less than impressive, it isn’t over for these young debaters just yet. The debating teams of RIC look forward to representing at the World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) 2022, in Belgrade, where they hope to bring pride to their alma mater.
The LSARIC plans to host the First Edition of RIC Inter-University Debating Championship (RIC-IUDC) virtually in the coming months with the aim to provide a platform and develop the understanding of university-style debating in Sri Lanka. RIC considers this tournament to be a much-needed opportunity for university debaters and a valuable addition to university debating circuit in the island.
Unparalleled guidance and support to RIC law students
The debaters and the LSARIC share their gratitude to all the sparring partners, alumni, judges, and administrative staff that supported them through their journey. Special mention goes to Mr. G. T. Bandara – Chairman of Royal Institute of Colombo, Dr. Nirodha Bandara – Academic Director and Ms. M. Jayasena – Lecturer/LLB Chief Academic & Administrative Coordinator/ In-charge of LSARIC for their constant guidance and support in the work carried out by the students.
Laying a strong foundation for the future law professionals
At RIC, the UoL Law Degree programme emphasizes on the practical approach to mould the budding lawyers of tomorrow. The Career Guidance Unit of RIC has been organising several events such as mooting and debate competitions to shoot up the confidence level of students. RIC has introduced an expert-led course in Forensic Science adding value to students pursuing their LLB degree. To facilitate online learning in light of the current pandemic, a virtual Academic Enrichment session on ‘Legal Ethics’ was also conducted by Mr Amitirigala, President’s Counsel to enrich the 1st Year law students with his valuable experiences in the law profession. Moreover, a state-of-art RIC Moot Court has been designed with the explicit intention of engaging students in mooting practices in the courtroom to represent as a strong contender of all such competitions in Sri Lanka and abroad.