Category Archives: WSDC motions for high school

This web page contains all the motions from the past World Schools Debating Championships. The WSDC are organized every year and host a debate team from every country. Participants are high school debaters. The teams compete in the World Schools debate format and at the end of the tournament, we get best speakers and teams in three different categories, English as a second language, English as a foreign language and Main Break.

These topics are prepared for High School students, so they can be used in debate clubs and tournaments for teenagers in all years of high school.

Check out all the motions from the past tournaments:

WHO 2017 Zagreb motions

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The Winter Hollyday Open is a tournament organised by the Croatian HDD (Hrvatsko Debatno Društvo) and has since grown to be one of the most important European (and probably wider) tournament in the WSDC debate format. It is organised in December.
Here are the debate motions from the 2017 edition of the WHO:

This house believes that every region should have the right to independent statehood if a majority of its members support this
This house believes that large tech companies should refuse to release data on their customers to governments even if it’s against the law
This house believes in regional trading blocs rather than global free trade
This house would prohibit all research that tries to establish a relationship between race/ethnicity and intelligence
This house supports a greater military presence in East Asia
This house would grant native peoples copyright over depictions of their culture
This house believes that the majority ownership of sports clubs should go to local communities
This house would ban global financial speculation on land and property

WSDC 2016 Stuttgart, Germany

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Motions, that are marked with bold are motions that were debated impromptu.

GF: This house believes that states should be allowed to pay other states to relocate and settle refugees.
SF: Ths house believes that versions of history taught by states through the education system should not be designed to promote national pride.
QF: This house belives that governments should ban their citizens from joining overseas groups fighting against terrorism which are not official military forces.
OF: This house believes that large tech companies should refuse to provide data on their customers to governments, even if it involves refusing to comply with a law which compels them to do so.
PDO: This house would abolish religious primary and secondary schools.

R8: This house would require individuals to pass a political general knowledge test in order to vote.
R7: This house believes that Obama’s administration has done more harm than good.
R6: This house believes that it should be a criminal offence to make comments which could promote hatred against people of particular races, religions, disabilities, sexualities or gender identities.
R5: This house believes that technology companies with significant market shares should not be eligible for patent protection.
R4: This house would televise criminal trials.
R3: This house would require democratic states to hold a national referendum to ratify free trade agreements.
R2: This house believes that major film and television awards shows should abolish awards categories separated by gender.
R1: This house believes that, after meeting their basic needs, individuals have a moral responsibility to donate their wealth towards poverty alleviation.

WSDC 2015 Singapore All motions

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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

Thailand WSDC 2014 motions

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Round 0: THW Ban Children From Becoming Professional Models
Round 1: This house believes that post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
Round 3: This house would allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
Round 4 (impromptu): This house would require companies to pay their interns.
Round 5: This house believes that slum tourism does more harm than good.
Round 6 (impromptu): THW not allow unvaccinated children to attend public schools.
Round 7: This house would lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.
Octo finals: This House Would not Prosecute Defamation
Grand Finals: THBT Asean political union is an impossible dream.

I was not able to find all the motions. If you have any that I’m missing, please contact me, or just write it in the comments.

These motions were prepared by the 2013/14 WSDC Motions Committee and verified by two external, independent checkers.

The Motions Committee is just finalising the wording of the Grand Final motion and it will be released very soon.

I’d like to thank all the members of this year’s committee for their time and hard work preparing these motions.

Best wishes


Chair, Tournament Executive Committee

World Schools Debate Academy June-July 2014 Motions

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You can still apply for the WSDC, check out this link 

Round One: This house believes that the West should actively include Iran in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.
Round Two: This house regrets that Brazil is the host of the football World Cup 2014.
Round Three: This house believes that governments should actively discourage consumerist lifestyles.
Final Round: This house believes that governments should prioritize policies that reduce social inequality over economic growth.

PRACTICE DEBATE MOTIONS – will come from this list
This house would give more votes to citizens according to their performance on a current affairs test.
This house regrets that Western Media demonized Islamist Terrorists rather than portraying them as criminals with legitimate grievances.
This house would ban video games in which the player engages in brutal and immoral violence in a realistic setting.
This house believes that online matchmaking is a better system than traditional dating.
This house would allow internet users to sell their own personal information for profit
This house believes that USA should drop all charges against Edward Snowden
This house believes that in instances where peaceful protests are met with a disproportionately violent state response, protesters should respond violently.
This house believes that a world without organized religion would be a better world.
This house regrets the rise of anti-hero in media.
This house believes that secular governments should actively censor those sections of religious texts that either constitute hate speech or propagate negative attitudes to other religious/ethnic groups.
This house would criminalize the public denial of evolution.
This house would abolish educational track systems in schools.
This house believes that life-extending medical procedures should be denied to the terminally ill.
This house would Prohibit Religious Organisations from Speaking out against Homosexuality.
This house believes that states should take active measures to limit the spread of American pop culture.
This house believes that that developing countries should support commercial surrogacy.
This house will make parents legally responsible for their children’s crimes.
This house believes that crime against animals that are members of an endagered species should be sentenced as if the animal were human.
This house believes that digital communication is more important to humanity than face-to-face contact.
This house would make wearing fur illegal.
This house believes that foster children should be placed into families with similar backgrounds (race, religion, etc)
This house believes that politicians should not have public profiles on twitter and other social networking sites.
This house would eliminate any legal or ethical limitations from the field of genetic research on improving the human body.
This house would give primates (e.g. monkeys) and cetaceans (e.g. dolphins) the same rights to life, freedom from physical harm, and freedom of movement as humans
This house would allow legislation through voter initiated referenda.
This house believes that developing countries should nationalise companies that extract their national resources
This house believes that Iran should not have been excluded from current Geneva negotiations about peace in Syria.
This House would include Iran in negotiations for peace in Siria.
This house regrets that Brazil is the host of the football World Cup 2014
This house supports media censorship during times of political crisis
This house believes that developing countries should nationalise companies that extract their national resources

WSDC 1994 – New Zeland

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The World Schools Debating Championships in 1994 were held in New Zeland

R1: That technology has outstripped morality.
R2: That feminism is corrupting the family.
R3: That technology has outstripped morality.
R5: That one superpower is better than two.
R7: That feminism is corrupting the family.
Some of the impromptu motions:
That Hollywood has a lot to answer for.
That tourists are a global menace.
That repression of civil rights justifies violent action.
GF: That the United Nations is the one best hope for the future.

WSDC 1997 – Bermuda

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The 9th World Schools Debating Championships, that were held in Bermuda.

If you hae any other motions, please leave them in the comments, I’ll be glad to add them.

R1: THW support a mandatory retirement age.
R3: THW expand the use of nuclear energy.
R6: THW support a mandatory retirement age.
R8: THW expand the use of nuclear energy.
GF: THBT terrorism is justifiable in some circumstances.

This House supports Affirmative Action. – not sure what Round this motion was used in.

WSDC 1998 – Jerusalem, Israel

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Motions from the World Schools Debating Championships, held in Jerusalem, Israel in 1998.

If you have any other motions, please comment and I’ll be glad to add them.

R1: THW turn its swords into ploughshares.
R2: THW ban surrogate motherhood.
R4: THBT the cost of space exploration is justified.
R5: THBT economic sanctions against individual countries are immoral.
GF: THW continue to prosecute World War II criminals.

WSDC 1999 – London, England

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Motions from the 11th World Schools Debating Championships held in London, England in 1999

R1: THW legalise performance-enhancing drugs in sport. 

R2: THBT the International Criminal Court won’t work.
R3: TH regrets the influence of Hollywood.
R4: TH fears the Millenium.
R5: THW break the law to protect the rights of animals.
R6: THBT the Kyoto Summit didn’t go far enough.
R7: TH condemns the bombing of Iraq.
R8: THBT governments should never restrict freedom of speech.
OF: THBT multi-nationals are the new imperialists.
QF: TH supports the televising of criminal trials.
SF: TH believes in the nuclear deterrent.
GF: THBT the state has a duty to protect individuals from themselves.