Category Archives: WUDC motions

The WUDC or the Worlds Universities Debating Championships are organised every year in a different country, over the New Year. Debaters from all around the world get together and debate different motions. We have the biggest archive of all the motions from WUDC’s from the past and add all the new motions as the tournament happens. If you see that we missed a motion, please contact us, and tell us the debate topic, that was debated and we will add it!

WUDC 2009 Cork Motions

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Final : That this house would allow abortion at all stages of pregnancy
Semi Final: This house believes governments should subsidise private home ownership.
Qtr Final: This house believes that the international criminal court should prosecute crimes against the democratic process.
Octo Final: This house would arm local militia to fight the taliban in Afghanistan.
ESL Final: This house would implement quotas for domestic players in national football leagues.
EFL Final: This house would prohibit all private health care.
Round 9: This house would ban the publication of political opinion polls.
Round 8: This house would apply a lower rate of income tax to women.
Round 7: This house believes that the west should recognise the independence of Abkhazia.
Round 6: This house would criminalise adultery.
Round 5: This house believes that China and India should bear the same obligations as the West in fighting climate change
Round 4: This house would force the religious desegregation of Northern Irish schools.
Round 3: This house would allow soldiers to sue their government for negligence.
Round 2: This house would fire the senior managements of all corporations which receive government bailouts.
Round 1: This house would ban all forms of gambling.
Womens Debate: This house would ban all forms of religious gender discrimination.
Adj Test: This house would allow insurance companies to view genetic test results in assessing potential customers.

WUDC 2008 Assumption Motions

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Round 8 THB that governments should never rescue failing private industry.

Round 7 This House would assassinate Vladimir Putin.

Round 6 THW subject foreign political contributions to greater restrictions than domestic contributions.

Round 5 This House believes that every criminal defendant should be required to use a government provided defense lawyer.

Round 4 This House believes that the European Union should only direct aid to nations that pursue environmentally sustainable development.

Round 3 THW not allow local government to pay for the relocation of homeless people

Round 2 This House believes that Taiwan should declare independence now

Round 1 This House would allow the use of torture.

All the motions have been taken from the Global debate blog (Tuna)  (didn’t ask for permission, but as far as I know Tuna he is not mad at me :D)


Motion: This House would require doctors to report all cases of suspected domestic violence.


The motion:This House believes that the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation of church and state.


Motion: This House believes that governments in the developing world should invest in sex tourism.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver 2007 WUDC

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Final This house believes that economic growth is the solution to climate change
Semi Final This house would ban websites that glorify eating disorders
Qtr Final This house believes that people sentenced to life imprisonment should be allowed to choose the death penalty instead
Octo Final This house believes that developing nation should nationalize their energy resources
Round 9 This house would grant citizenship in exchange for military service
Round 8 This house would ban Cosmetic Surgery
Round 7 This house would support regime change in Myanmar/Burma
Round 6 This house would abolish all taxes on inherited wealth
Round 5 This house supports independence for Quebec
Round 4 This house would criminalize the payment of ransom
Round 3 This House supports accelerated land redistribution in South Africa
Round 2 This house believes that the UK should abolish it’s nuclear arsenal
Round 1 This house would ban government funding of religious schools
ESL Final

This house believes that politicians have a right to a private life

ESL Semi This house believes all serious crimes should be trialed by Jury
Masters Final This house supports a 35 hour working week
Masters Round 1 This house would designate one city to permanently host the Olympics
Masters Round 2 This house believes that governments should provide heroin addicts with safe injection facilities
EFL Final
This house would lift sanctions on Iran

World University Debate Championship Dublin 2006

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Final: That this house would abolish all laws prohibiting cruelty to animals
Semi: This house would prohibit speeches that incite hatred (wording may be incorrect)
Qtr: This House Would permit legislating by citizen initiated referenda
Octo: This House believes that international law should recognise the right of each state to unilaterally undertake armed humanitarian intervention

ESL Final: This House Believes that European Governments should payparents to have children.
ESL Semi: This House would abandon the civilian use of nuclear power.
1 This House Would Grant An Amnesty To All Illegal Immigrants Currently In The United States
2 That This House Believes That The Catholic Church Should Allow The Use Of Condoms In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Africa
3 That This House Believes The West Should End Military Cooperation With Pakistan Until It Holds Free Presidential Elections
4 This House Would Prohibit Women Over The Age Of 45 Years From Undergoing Assisted Human Reproduction
5 This House Would Give Japan A Permanent Seat On The United Nations Security Council
6 This House Would Not Allow Intelligent Design To Be Included In The School Science Curriculum
7 This House Would Recognise A Legally Enforceable Right To A Minimum Standard Of Living
8 This House Supports The Creation Of An Independent State For The Iraqi Kurds
9 This House Supports Indigenous Persons Convicted Of A Crime Being Sentenced By Their Community And Not The Courts

World University Debate Championship Multimedia University Malaysia 2005

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Final This House Supports Corporal Punishment in Schools
Semi-Final This House Would Use Gambling To Rejuvenate Depressed Economic Zones
Quarter Final This House Believes That Mentally Handicapped People Are Better Cared For In The Community Than In Institutions
Octo Final This House Believes It Is Time For an ASEAN Parliament

Round 1 This House would compel HIV infected people to disclose their disease to their sexual partners
Round 2 This house believes the EU should open its doors to North Africa
Round 3 This House would not teach vocational studies at University
Round 4 This House would positively discriminate women in the armed forces
Round 5 This House believes that outsourcing is good for the developed and developing nations.
Round 6 This house would have harsher sentences for celebrity criminals
Round 7 This House Believes that anti-terrorism is the new McCarthyism
Round 8 This House Would Expand NAFTA Into South America
Round 9 This House Would Prioritise Organ Donations To Those Who Have Lived a Healthy Lifestyle

World University Debate Championship Singapore 2004

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Final TTH would ban the abortion of fetuses on the grounds of their permanent disability
Semi-Final TTH believes war journalists should be forced to reveal their sources in international criminal tribunals
Quarter Final TTH believes parents should cast proxy votes for their children
Octo Final TTH would support regime change in Iran

Round 1 TTHW try Saddam Hussein before an international tribunal
Round 2 TTH supports all forms of child labour
Round 3 TTHB eviormentalists should use terrorism in support of their goals
Round 4 TTHB students all round the world should be taught in English
Round 5 TTHW tie world bank aid to womens’ rights
Round 6 TTHW make the release of child sexual abusers conditional on chemical castration
Round 7 TTH believes only African countries should be peacekeepers in African conflicts
Round 8 TTH would use international sporting events for political change
Round 9 TTH would ban religious symbols in state schools

ESL Final TTH believes that Japanese armed forces should fight in foreign lands
ESL Semi TTH prefers regional trade agreements to the WTO

World University Debate Championship Stellenbosch 2003

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Final This house believes that the world has learned nothing from 9/11
Semi-Final This house believes that globalization is imperialism repackaged
Quarter Final This house believes in the absolute right of the patient
Octo Final This house believes that tobacco companies should have social responsibilities
Round 1 This house fears an expanded Europe.
Round 2 This house would return land to its original owners
Round 3 This house believes that AIDS drugs should be freely available to all
Round 4 This house believes that the media is the West’s most effective weapon
Round 5 This house believes that harmony is more important than diversity
Round 6 This house believes that environmentalism in the Third World is the responsibility of the First World
Round 7 This house believes that the West should accept the democratic decision of the people of Zimbabwe
Round 8 This house believes that the US should be answerable to TRCs [Truth & Reconciliation Commissions] in South America.
Round 9 This house believes that Sharon should stand with Milosevic

ESL Final This House would make population control a pre-requisite of aid.
ESL Semi This house supports Compulsory Military Service

World University Debate Championship Toronto 2002

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First Rounds
1. This house would bail out failing industries.
2. This house believes that making Yassar Arrafat a partner in peace was a mistake
3. This house believes that the west should treat state sponsored sexism as aparthide
4. This house believes that the WTO is the friend of the developing world
5. This house would force feed anorexics
6. This house believes that political assassinations are a legitimate tool of foreign policy.
7. This house supports domestic content quotas in broadcasting
8. This house believes that the sexual history of rape victime should be admissible in court
9. This house believes that US foreign policy is responsible for September 11.
Octo-Finals: This house would extradite accused criminals to face the death penalty
Quater Finals: This house supports surrogacy for profit
Semi-Final: This house believes that civil liberties must be restricted in the interests of security
Final: This house would ban prisoners publishing accounts of their crimes
Semi-Final: THis house believes that prisoners have no right to vote
Final: This house believes that the Nobel Prize proves that the UN has a strong role to play

World University Debate Championship Glasgow 2001

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First Rounds
1. This house would ban criminals from voting (Cancelled due to mis times announcement)
1b. This house would give Europe it’s own Army
2. This house would put a speed limit on human Traffic
3. This house would make company directors criminally liable for the wrongs of their company
4. This house believes the US should get out of the middle east
5. This house would make pollution a tradable commodity
6. This house would remove patents on pharmacutical drugs from the 3rd world.
7. This house believed that the WTO should grant exemptions to developing nations
8. This house would ban performance enhancing drugs in sport
9. Round Cancelled. Octo-Finals: This house would outlaw genetic discrimination
Quater Finals: This house supports a one child policy
Semi-Final: This house would make reparations for slavery
Final: This house would elect it’s judges
Public Speaking:
Round 1: 5 min prep on a film quote (e.g. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get next”)
Round 2: Prepared motion: “So long as even one hundred of us remain alive, we will never submit to the rule of the English”
Final: Impromptu

Semi-Final: This house would keep peacekeepers out of civil wars
Final: This house believes that a language which needs proteting isn’t worth protecting.

Final: This house would squeeze the rich until the pip squeaks
Semi: This house believes that the rights of the child are paramount
Quarter: This house would censor hate

World University Debate Championship Sydney 2000

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First Rounds
1. That this house believes that election campaigns should be fully financed by the state.
2. That this house demands work for welfare
3. That this house would alter its genetic code.
4. That this house would put worker’s rights before trade rights.
5. That this house would have lots of sex.
6. That this house would ignore the war in Chechnya.
7. That this house believes religious doctrines are more important than women’s rights.
8. That this house likes its environmentalists radical.
9. That this house would put corporate profits before individual privacy.

Octo Final: That Asia should take the liberal path.
Qtr Final: That this house would shut down Macdonalds.
Semi Final: This House Believes the IMF is the British Empire of Today
Final: This house believes Marx would have approved of the internet

Final: This house favours Positive discrimination

Semi That women should apply lipstick.
Rd 1 This house would Club Baby Seals