The Debate Club is an integral part of the Department of Constitutional Law of the National University "Odessa Law Academy". It provides following extracurricular activities: discussions, preparation of reports and other scientific papers; participation in various academic activities, annual student conferences, as well as domestic and international grant programmes. The Club and the Chair of Constitutional Law arranged a round table on the occasion of the Jubilee of Professor Marc Orzikh on the subject of "The personality and efforts of Professor Marc Orzikh".
The Student Debate Club of the Department of Constitutional Law of the National University "Odessa Law Academy" was established at the premises of the student scientific circle on Public and Administrative Law. It was conducted by M. Orzikh (Head of the Department) and Associate Professor D. Garadzhayev. Since 2004, M. Afanasyeva had provided academic advising for the Debate Club, however Elena Ol'kina was its President. Associate Professor Albert Ezerov was directing the Club from 2009 till 2013. To the date, the Club is headed by its former President, Associate Professor Elena Olkina.
The Club is aimed to reveal scientific potential as well as to develop students ' research skills. Active Club members have the opportunity to continue their academic career admitting postgraduate programmes.
The Club is intended to advance students ' creative and scientific thinking, their knowledge and conscious attitude to learning.
The Club of the Department of Constitutional Law is aimed to:
-Form the students ' interest in scholarly work;
-teach them certain methods of the investigation of the issues in the context of Constitutional Law;
- students' participation in various research activities on Constitutional Law (model of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; brain-ring "Connoisseurs of the Constitution", scientific conferences, round tables);
-advance the study of the Constitutional Law;
- consolidate the students of the National University "Odessa Law Academy" through the principle of common interest.
The Club is based on the principle of voluntary membership. Students of all years and faculties/institutes of the National University "Odessa Law Academy", who want to be involved in the research on the Constitutional Law, may admit the Club.
The report should consider a single aspect of any topic, discussed at the meeting. Each student selects the subject matter independently, on the basis of his academic interest. It should be separate, reasonable, have a problematic nature. The paper should be exemplified with actual practice. The content of the report should be up to 5 pages (Times New Roman, font size - 14, line spacing - 1.5).
Regular club meetings are held at least twice a semester. The meeting on the same subject can be divided into two or more parts in case of a large number of reports. Club members define the topics and the issues which are discussed throughout the meetings.
The information on the theme, deadlines for reports, dates and agenda of the next Club meeting is displayed on the bulletin board of the Department of Constitutional Law.