The Tertiary Competition

The Diplomacy Competition is going to a whole new level!

If you’re enrolled in a tertiary institution in New Zealand, don’t miss your chance to compete in the nation’s leading student foreign policy competition. Over three hundred students compete every year, and we’re excited to be bringing the competition to tertiary level students in the second half of 2017. The theme is international crime and justice: how can the global community best ensure that those who commit horrific crimes are held responsible, and that victims see justice done?

More information on Diplomacy Competition is available via the “home” link on the navigation bar above.

What’s great about Diplomacy?

Development: The Competition is all about getting you to solve hard problems creatively. The skills you use here are ones you’ll use in real life, and the competition is the perfect environment to hone them.

Learning: As students ourselves, we get that you don’t want to write about the same topics you study in class. We pick areas we think are fascinating and give you a background on things you might never have thought about. Past topics have included the weaponisation of space, the effect of automation and combating infectious diseases.

Peer-oriented: We place a great emphasis on collaboration. You’re in committees together during the course of the competition, giving you a chance to discuss, debate and form ideas. After this, you have a chance to peer-mark: you can see what others wrote about, provide feedback for other contestants and get it yourself.

Prizes: Diplomacy is great for bragging rights, but we make an effort to find cool, topical prizes as well. These have included UN merchandise, books and clothing in the past.

Sign up today over on our registrations page! Registrations are scheduled to close on 11 August.

Competition timeline

  • August 11: registrations close.
  • Evening of August 16: The competition opens with the research phase.
  • August 22: Move to the amendment phase.
  • August 29: Move to amendment voting.
  • August 31: Move to the overall voting and position paper phase.
  • September 10: Move to the peer marking phase.
  • Evening of September 16: The competition ends.
  • September 20: projected date for announcing winners.