Date: Sunday, July 31, 2016
Participants (from 13 countries):
USA: Rick | Argentina: Johny | Morocco: Imad | Iran: Hanieh, Elham, Behnam | Pakistan: Adnan, Fahad | Tunisia: Amin | France: Djamila | China: Spark | Bangladesh: Mohiuddin | Egypt: Mai | Algeria: Soso | Romania: Flory | Indonesia: Paras
Panel PRO (Team A): Amin.
Panel CON (Team B): Hanieh, Imad.
Audience (Team C): Johny, Behnam, Elham, Adnan, Soso, Flory, Mohiuddin, Mai.
Listening only: Paras, Adnan, Djamila, Fahad, Spark.
Team A summary
In Tunisia there is only one person judging, the judge. In system where there is a jury, the process would be more fair. Additionally, having a jury of teenager peers would be better, because they can relate to the defendant.
Team B summary
A member of the jury needs to be mature. Teenagers may not be able to have enough knowledge and they could be influenced by emotions and hormones. They cannot manage situations in the way an adult would. An adult person can understand a teen too, it’s not weird for an adult to be in a position of a teenager, they have had experience in that age too.
Teenagers may not be able to make the right decision because they may be influenced by the sympathy towards the accused. Adult people have experience and know more, they can study the reasons behind the actions of the accused and they look at the case from different points of views whereas teenagers would use only emotions.
Team C summary
Johny: team B gave more convincing arguments. An adult can also understand teenagers.
Elham: Team B was more convincing. An adult can understand a teen too. When we have adults, there is no need to bring children because they can be guided by emotions and they cannot be decisive and make good decisions.
- Johny voted for team B.
- Elham voted for team B.
Team B won this debate. There was a bonus chat which is included in the audio and the topics we discussed were:
1. Should there be just one system around the world?
2. Is the jury system a good idea?
This discussion was very interesting, because as we discussed it, we learned that in many countries around the world, the legal/justice system does not use juries. Most people living in these countries believed that a jury system would be more fair and there is the potential for less corruption.
Thanks everyone for participating. Below are the links to listen to this discussion.