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:

WSDC 2001 – Johannesburg, South Africa

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The World Schools Debating championships 2001 were held in Johannesburg in South Africa. Here are the motions:

THBT affluent nations should accept more refugees
THW waive patent rights for AIDS drugs for under-developed countries
THBT gay couples should be allowed to adopt children
THW cancel third world debt
I: THW ban all handguns
I: This House supports the use of the death penalty
I: This House disapproves of cloning
I: This House believes that international sport is warfare without weapons
OF: THW impose democracy
QF: TH refuses to negotiate with terrorists
SF: THW give parents the final say in medical treatment of their children
GF: THBT compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by previous generations

WSDC 2002 – Singapore

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The World Schools Debating Championships in 2002 were held in Singapore, here are the motions:

THBT professionalism has ruined the Olympic Games
THW maintain United States military bases in Asia
THBT free trade is the way forward
TH supports missile defence
I: THBT politicians should only be allowed to serve in office for a limited period of time
I: THBT low taxes are preferable to extensive government services
I: THBT gambling of all forms should be illegal
I: THW make tobacco companies pay compensation to the individual
OF: THW ban genetic screening
QF: TH supports the international trading of pollution permits
SF: THW compromise civil liberties in the interests of security
GF: THBT the media has become too powerful

WSDC 2003 – Lima, Peru

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World schools Debating Championships 2003 were held in Lima, Peru and here are the motions that were debated:

THW advertise prescription medicines
THBT current intellectual property laws are a brake on progress
THBT cultural treasures belong at home
THBT the sovereignty of nation states is an outdated concept
I: THBT voting in national elections should be compulsory
I: THBT sporting boycotts are a legitimate political tool
I: TH supports voluntary euthanasia
I: TH supports quotas for women in national parliaments
I: THB in trial by jury (Bye-Round)
OF: THW pay development aid direct to governments
QF: THW legalise prostitution
SF: THBT political decisions should not be dictated by religious beliefs
GF: THW end the war on drugs

WSDC 2004 – Stuttgart, Germany

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World Schools Debating Championships were held in Stuttgart, Germany in the year 2004. Here are the motions:

THBT Turkey should join the European Union
THW make use of genetically modified crops to feed the world
THBT trade unions impede progress
THBT religion has no place in state schools
I: THBT fast food companies should pay people compensation for damaging their health
I: THW prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences
I: THBT governments should protect their native languages
I: TH condemns the influence of the music industry on today’s youth
I: THW do away with the Olympic Games (Bye-Round)
OF: THBT welfare state should be scrapped
QF: THBT political parties have too much influence on democratic elections
SF: THBT globalisation perpetuates social inequity
GF: THBT the world facing a clash of civilisations

WSDC 2005 – Calgary, Canada

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World Schools Debating Championships in 2005 were held in Calgary, Canada. Here are the motions from the tournament:

THBT the costs of space exploration outweigh the benefits
THBT political parties should receive state funding
THW use affirmative action in response to historical injustice
THBT education policy should be the responsibility of local authorities
I: THBT censorship does more harm than good
I: THBT civil marriage should be open to homosexual couples
I: THW negotiate with terrorists
I: THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments
I: THW ban the use of human embryos in scientific research (Bye-Round)
OF: THBT national security should take precedence over individual rights
QF: THBT the first priority of criminal justice should be rehabilitation, not retribution
SF: THB in regional trading blocs rather than global free trade
GF: THBT the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council should not have veto power

WSDC 2007 Hong Kong

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Motions from the World Schools Debate Championship of 2007, held in Hong Kong.

Round 1 Motion: This House would make the development of clean industry a condition for receiving non-emergency aid
Round 2 Motion: This House would ban the use of models who are under a healthy weight
Round 3 Motion: This House believes that Holocaust denial should be a crime
Round 4 Motion: This House believes that governments should not limit the areas which scientists may research
Round 5 Motion: This House believes that the United States should withdraw from its military bases in Asia
Round 6 Motion: This House would legalize all drugs
Round 7 Motion: This House believes that free trade harms the developing world
Round 8 Motion: This House would limit media reporting of terrorist atrocities
Octo-Final Motion: This House would force organizations to place more women in senior positions
Quarter-final Motion: This House would privatise public utilities companies

Grand final
This House would abolish the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

WSDC 2009 motions Greece

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WSDC 2009 Athens, Greece motions:

Preliminary round prepared motions:
This House would encourage the expanded use of civilian nuclear energy
This House believes that public services are best run by private companies
This House believes that cultural treasures should be returned to their areas of origin
This House would legalise current technologies for choosing human embryos on the basis of their genetic characteristics

Octofinal motion:
That we should have no laws which restrict free speech.

Quarter final motion:
That compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by past generations.

Semi final motion:
That the United States should withdraw from the middle east

Grand final motion:
This House believes that governments should grant amnesties to all illegal immigrants

This list lacks the impromptu motions, but I was not able to find them. If you have them on hand, please leave them in the comments, and I would be glad to add them to the list.

WSDC 2010 Qatar – Doha

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World Schools Debate Championship 2010, held in Qatar – Doha

R1: THW offer dictators immunity in return for leaving power
R2: THW allow free distribution of music on the internet
R3: THBT universal primary education is a misallocation of resources for the developing world
R4: THW make voting in national elections mandatory
R5: THW legalize the sale of human organs
R6: THW stop sending humans into space (originally reserve motion)
R7: THBT women can only achieve equality under a secular system of government
R8: THW penalize sporting teams for the behavior of their fans
OF: THW abandon nuclear energy
QF: TH supports free immigration
SF: THBT every region should have the right to independent statehood if majority of it’s members wish
GF: THBT Autocracy is doomed in the Age of Facebook

WSDC 2011 Scotland Motions

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Motions from World Schools Debate Championship, held in 2011 in Scotland

R1: THW offer dictators immunity in return for leaving power
R2: THW allow free distribution of music on the internet
R3: THBT universal primary education is a misallocation of resources for the developing world
R4: THW make voting in national elections mandatory
R5: THW legalize the sale of human organs
R6: THW stop sending humans into space (originally reserve motion)
R7: THBT women can only achieve equality under a secular system of government
R8: THW penalize sporting teams for the behavior of their fans
OF: THW abandon nuclear energy
QF: TH supports free immigration
SF: THBT every region should have the right to independent statehood if majority of it’s members wish
GF: THBT Autocracy is doomed in the Age of Facebook