How Evatt Works

The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. The students judged the most effective diplomats proceed to the next round.

UN Security Council Procedure

Evatt Security Council simulation runs on rules of procedure, developed specifically for the competition. The New Zealand delegates will have to work hard to learn the rules and prepare to ensure they are not at a disadvantage. The Australian rules are somewhat different to what you might have come across so make sure you check them out

The Australian rules are somewhat different to what you might have come across so make sure you check them out at:


Evatt speeches change the diplomatic conversation by making short, memorable, original, relevant, and logical points. Points of information (questions) must persuade the audience, either supporting allies or undermining an opposing argument through brief and pertinent questions or answers.


Listening and drawing one’s counterpart towards agreement through reasoned, persuasive argument defines negotiation. This element also requires efficient use of Security Council procedure; delegates should manage their limited time to focus on their member state’s highest priorities.


In an Evatt team, both partners participate in all parts of the competition and work harmoniously together. They recognize and take advantage of their complementary strengths and distinctive intellectual contributions through clear team strategy.


Evatt teams reflect their state’s policies, priorities, and agenda in their advocacy with reasonable accuracy. Teams apply their research to demonstrate understanding of their nation and the issues under discussion,

A Diplomatic Manner

Diplomacy is characterised by a manner of constructive engagement, where disagreement is channeled towards productive results through mature deliberation. In particular, teams must engage with their counterparts as if they would continue to do so long into the future, avoiding tactics like bullying that produce a short-term result at a high long-term cost.