University of Tulsa -Lorton Performance Center
550 South Gary Place
Tulsa, OK 74104
Information: 918/379-4591 (Tulsa Debate League)
This public debate will explore different viewpoints on refugee and asylum law. The debate will feature historical background on the area of the law in the United States and a discussion of the legal, economic, and policy issues surrounding refugee and asylum law, such as the difficulty in defining which classes of refugee and and asylum seekers deserve protection, how many people to admit every year, and what the obligation of the United States is under international law with respect. Debaters may discuss contemporary refugee crises, including Syria and Latin America. The format will involve two high school students from the Tulsa Debate League in 20 minute debate, led by a moderator who will be a lawyer/humanities scholar, followed by a panel discussion with experts for 30-45 minutes. The moderator and panelists will ask the students questions during the debate. The panel will engage in a dialogue afterwards, led by the moderator with students and audience.