• Cicero Debattoernooi 2014

    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

  • Durham Open 2014

    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.]

  • Oxford IV 2014

    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


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