The Worlds Universities Debating Championship 2017 is taking place right now in The Hague, Netherlands. The rounds start on the 28th of December, and we will post all the WUDC 2017 motions and results as soon as they are announced. If you are participating or just following your team, check in the comments!
Round 1: This house believes that post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps).
Round 2: This house would allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
Round 3: This house believes that sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
Round 4: In areas with rapidly rising property prices, This house would suspend all restrictions on property development that are not health and safety requirements (for example, environmental zoning regulations, building height restrictions, and regulations on the appearance of buildings)
Round 5: This House believes that the Netherlands should allow citizens to purchase additional votes from the government at a cost proportional to their wealth (for example, one additional vote for 1% of wealth) Info Slide: The Netherlands has a political system with many political parties in which no one party typically gets a majority of the vote. Seats in the parliament are allocated in proportion to the number of votes received by each party on a national level (‘proportional representation’). The government is formed by the coalition of parties that has a majority in the parliament.
Round 6: This house believes that the world would be a better place if women from privileged backgrounds turned down any benefits arising from affirmative actions programs.
Round 7: This house believes that South Korea should produce nuclear weapons
Round 8: This house regrets the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start own companies rather than puruse traditional career paths
Round 9: This house would temporarily and significantly relax minimum labour standards in times of unusually high unemployment, including workplace health and safety standards, minumum wage, working hour restrictions etc.
Partial Double Octos: This house believes that countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service.
ESL Quarterfinals: This house believes that the U.S. should provide campaign funding for federal and state confressmen and senators who score highly on bipartisan metrics*. *Info: Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc., calculated by independent bodies.
Open Octo-finals: This house would ban advocacy for religious belief in public places
ESL Semis: This house, as the pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy.
There are videos for some of the debates, sadly they decided not to allow us to embedd the video, so go and see the video of the open finals here
Round 1: Info slide: Mercenaries are soldiers for hire outside of national armed forces. They can be hired either as individuals contracted by a state or through companies offering these services to a state. Motion: This house would allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations.
Round 2: This house would would prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
Round 3: This house believes that all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
Round 4: This house believes that governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents.
Round 5: This house believes the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
Round 6: Info slide: A sunset clause is a legal measure that provides that the law in which it is contained shall expire after a specific date, unless further action is taken to extend it. Motion: This house believes that states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation.
Round 7: This house supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
Round 8: This house believes that the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
Round 9: Info slide: Culpability is a measure of the degree to which a person can be held morally responsible for an offense. Motion: This house believes that that criminal punishments should be based only on the offenders’ culpability rather than the damages caused by the criminal act or other outcomes derived from the punishment.
Round 1: This House pay all elected politicians the median wage in their country.
Round 2: This House believes that when multi-national corporations conduct any business in Western states, these nations should enforce their environmental standards at all stages of production.
Round 3: This House believes that Western states should not use private military contractors in combat.
Round 4: This House would ban any treatment, service or ritual from claiming a physical healing effect until it is tested and proven more effective than a placebo by a national regulator.
Round 5: This House believes that the European Union should lift its arms embargo on China.
Round 6: This House would only allow the media and campagning organisations to depict or publish information about the deceased in a tragedy with the explicit permission of the family.
Round 7: TH believes that the West should stop all attempts to gather information or intelligence by deception and/or coercion of foreign citizens
Round 8: TH believes that it is legimitate for individuals to punish people they deem to have committed online harassment by revealing their identity online.
Round 9: THW introduce a 100% inheritance tax
Preliminary Round 1: This House would ban the use of zero-hour contracts
Preliminary Round 2: This House would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders
Preliminary Round 3: This House supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Preliminary Round 4: THW not consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts
Preliminary Round 5: This House believes that cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves
Preliminary Round 6. This house would ban political opinion polls
Preliminary Round 7: This house supports a right to die
Preliminary Round 8: This house would forgive Greece’s debt
Octa finals: This house would require members of the clergy to report all crimes to authorities including those made in confession.
SEMI FINAL 1: This house believes that the military struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations
SEMI FINAL 2: This house regrets the media focus on the personal lives of politicians
Grand final motion: This house believes that governments should provide a guaranteed universal basic income
Durham Open tournament was held in Durham on the 8-9 November 2014. Here are the motions that were debated in the 5 elimination rounds and the Semis, and finals:
Round 1: This house would ban religious organizations from providing rehabilitation services to drug and alcohol addicts.
Round 2: This house believes that democracies should extend voting rights to migrant workers.
Round 3: This house, as a feminist, would oppose products marketed to help women protect themselves from date rape.
[Info slide – Undercover Color are a company that are developing a nail-varnish that changes colour in the presence of date-rape drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol. Many bars provide bottle toppers such as ‘the Spikey Bottle Topper’ that encourage customers to protect their drinks.]
Round 4: This house believes that Arab-Israelis who successfully seek election to the Knesset should opt not to take up that seat. [Info slide – The Knesset has 120 seats. 12 seats are taken up by Arab-Israelis, who are divided into six parties.]
Round 5: This house believes that the state should construct false historical narratives that promote social cohesion (e.g. racial and religious tolerance)
Semi-Final: This house believes that true women’s liberation is incompatible with the existence of organized religion.
Novice Final: There is a potion which can stop you falling in love. This house, as an 18 year old, would take the potion.
Open Final: This house believes that FB should manipulate users’ newsfeeds in order to promote progressive content. [Info slide – In the past few years Facebook has engaged in a series of experiments manipulating the content that users are exposed to (e.g. skewing news feeds to show more happy/sad posts, showing or hiding posts about having voted) to determine whether this can have an effect on user’s actions/attitudes. In 2012, Facebook modified newsfeeds to test the effect of exposure to news articles about the upcoming elections, and whether it increased or decreased voter turnout. Research data suggests that these methods are effective at increasing voter turnout.]
Here are the motions from the Oxford IV debate tournament, held on the 14-16 of November 2014.
Round 1: This house believes that in order for a law to be enacted, it should have to be passed by the legislature and then by a body chosen at random from eligible voters.
Round 2: This house believes that press agencies should not purchase or publish the work of freelance war reporters.
Round 3: This house believes the EU should suspend Hungary’s membership rights.
Round 4: This house, as the gay community, regrets the existence of Grindr
Round 5: This house would deny public funding to parties with explicitly ethnic-based membership or platforms
This is one of the best known tournaments, the Cambridge IV. It was held on 21/23 November 2014 in Cambridge, UK. The motions for the tournament were:
Round 1: This House Would not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft
Round 2: This House, as a superhero, would agree to use their powers solely in service of the democratic state
Round 3: This House Supports the objectification of men in popular culture.
Round 4: This House Would require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the State.
Round 5: This House Believes That Western foreign policy should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values
ESL Semi: This House Believes That Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches
ESL Final: Assuming the existence of a gay gene, This House Would disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
Open Quarter: This House Would prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
Open Semi: This House Supports the New Atheism movement
Open Final: This House Believes That unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay
The Cicero Debattoernooi debate tournament was held on the 22nd of November 2014 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The tournament was held in the Dutch language, here are the motions, translated into English
Round 1: This House would grant an additional vote to families with children for national elections
Round 2: You are a doctor. You have a patient of whom it has been commonly assumed that she suffers from epilepsy. This patient spends her spare time in visiting and forming social contacts in epilepsy support groups. A recent medical test showed that she does not suffer from epilepsy after all. Motion: This House would hide the diagnosis of pseudo-epilepsy from the patient
Round 3: This House would submit religious organisations to the full extent of anti-discrimination laws
Round 4: This House would nationalise social media
Round 5: This House would show a more prominent role for women in history books
Novice Final: This House disapproves of movements that aim to further the acceptation of obesity in society
Semi Final: This House would never target civilians in a total war
Final: This House Believes that it is justified for society to demand of migrants that they accept the dominance of existing norms and values
The Cambridge Women’s debate tournament was held on 23rd November in Cambridge, UK. The women debated:
Round 1: This House Would legalise the buying and selling of sexual services
Round 2: This House Believes That football fans should boycott the 2022 world cup in Qatar
Round 3: This House Believes that the US and Iran should ally to fight ISIS
Round 4: This House Would aggresively financially incentivise the enrollment of female students in areas with low female enrollment
ESL Final: This House Believes That developed countries should grant an amnesty to illegil immigrants
Open Semi: This House Believes that individuals have a right to a basic income regardless of capacity or willingness to work
Open Final: This House Would allow individuals to sue religious organisations for making decisions that harm them
The Yorkshire Novice Cup was held on 23 November 2014, in Hull, UK
Round 1: This House would replace all sin taxes with an increase in income tax Info slide: Sin taes are taxes above VAT, levied on goods considered to be unhealthy such as alcohol and tobacco
Round 2: This House believes that the EU should issue a directive to all its member states to legalise gay marriage. Info slide: An EU Directive is a non-binding requirement passed to EU member states to enforce a policy within a certain time frame. Not fulfilling this requirement will lead to heavy financial penalties.
Round 3: This House would abolish all non-comprehensive schools and require children to attend their geographically closest school.
Round 4: This House believes that sexually assertive female pop stars identifying as feminists is harmful for feminism.
Final: This House believes that Western nations should not attend sporting events in countries with bad human rights records