Other tournament motions

Motions from the Iron Man BP Tournament, University College Utrecht, June 2, the Netherlands:

Round 1: This house believes that there should be no restrictions on political donations
Round 2: This house would predicate any humanitarian aid on efforts limiting birth-rates where there’s a risk of overpopulation.
Round 3: This house believes that, rather than after the fact, the judicial system should be able to take pre-emptive measures when there’s a suspicion of hate-speech
Round 4: This house believes that that the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation between church & state
Semis: This house would practice investment over austerity in times of economic crisis
Final: This house would undertake military action against the Syrian government

These are the translated debate motions from the German Bruder Grimm cup, held on May 26th and 27th 2012 in Marburg, Germany.

Round 1: This house would make football clubs pay for the costs of police surveillance during league matches
Round 2: This house would block the Security Council as long as the veto power remains available
Round 3: Vorrunde: This house would rewrite the Grimm fairytales in a gender neutral way (Dieses Haus würde die Grimmschen Märchen gendergerecht umschreiben)
Round 4: This house would require candidates for public office to be psychologically evaluated during their trial period rather than making their psychological illness history public
Semi: This house would allow defendants to choose between a judge or a jury.
Final: This house wouldallow doctors treating terminally ill patients patients to offer them treatments that are still in the experimental stages

Debate topics from the tournament Split Union Open, held in Split, Croatia, May 18th 2012.

Round 1: This house would ban single sex schools
Round 2: This house would disband NATO
Round 3: This house would make votes public
Round 4: This house would allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs
Final: This house would create ethnic diversity in neighborhoods by introducing housing quotas

Debate motions from the Vienna IV 2014, held in Vienna, Austria, on 7th to 9th March, 2014.  

Round 1: This house believes that non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/charities should reject sponsorship from companies who do not act in accordance with the organizations' aims.
Round 2:
  In situations where it is not possible to achieve bot aims and the decision is with the doctor, This House Believes That doctors should prioritise prolonging life over the quality of that life. 
Round 3: This house believes that Vienna should devote Ottakring to immigrants from Eastern Europe (i.e. an Eastern European "China town")
Round 4: This house believes that the US and the EU should support a Russian annexation of Crimea in exchange for an otherwise independant Ukraine.
Round 5: Info slide: The "Thirst Games" is a Reality TV show in which contestants compete against each other and battle to the death. The games continue until only one contestant remains alive, and that person wins fame, glory and riches. Motion: With knowledge + consent, this house would allow citizens to participate in 'Thirst Games'.
Round 6: This house supports nations marketing themselves as destinations for "good time tourism"

QarterFinal: Given a machine that can predict a person's life 95% accurately, This house would not use it
Semi Final: This house believes that media aimed at children should reject the "happily ever after" model and show a more realistic picture.
Final: This house believes that no state, in any situation, has the right to demand, encourage or promote its citizen to fight or die for their country.

Motions from the tournament “Denny Crane” Faculty of Political Science, held in Belgrade, Serbia, on May 12th 2012:

Round 1: This House prefers Guantanamo Bay rather than the current practice of the war against terrorism with unmanned aerial vehicles.
Round 2: In the case of a contact with extra-terrestrial beings, this House would send a woman as a negotiator.
Round 3: This House would grant one seat in the Parliament to all more significant religions.
Round 4: This House would make a number of votes of one voter inversely proportional to his/her personal wealth.
Semis: This House believe that only people who take the law into their hands can save us.
Final: This House would never restore the buildings destroyed in the bombing.

Motions from the tournament in German language Zeit Debatte Munster, Germany, held on May 11-13 2012:

Round 1: This house would ban broadcasting of boxing matches from TV
Round 2: This house would adjust development aid to countries where gay rights are violated
Round 3: This house would include paintings by Wolfgang Beltracchis in the collectinos of leading German art museums (this motion was preceded by an infoslide)
Round 4: This house would declare a trade war against China
Round 5: This house would instate a public service (öffentlich-rechtliches) system for newspapers
Semis: This house would ban the defamation of religious symbols or authorities
Final: This house supports the targeted/deliberate killing of Iranian scientists

This are the debate topics, that were debated at the Israeli Open held in Israel, April 21 2012:

Round 1: This house, which is the West, would sanction China.
Round 2: This house, which is the ministry of health, will withhold any information regarding a drug that will ensure the birth of heterosexual children.
Round 3: (Information slide) Immediate Democracy is a system in which the voter may change their vote at any given time, thus changing the composition of the parliament on a daily basis according to public support. This house would enact an Immediate Democracy.
SemiFinal: This house would release inmates from jail solely on the basis of their rehabilitation and not upon the completion of a predetermined period of time.
Final: (Information slide) You are a young man living in the Galilee 2,000 years ago. You are smart and charismatic. You are capable of collecting and leading a fold of followers. People believe you are the son of God and can do miracles such as healing and food replication. Motion: This house would use its influence to disseminate socially progressive values supported by faith.

NK Debatteren, the Dutch National Championships were held in the Netherlands, April 21-22 2012. Here are the motions, translated from the Dutch language:

Round 1: This house believes that political parties should not take gender into account when selecting candidates for voting lists
Round 2: Situation slide: You are a single British mother with a teenage son and daughter. The UK has recently mandated internet providers to use filters to block pornographic material. The filter can be taken down by a phone call by an adult. You do not watch porn. Motion: You call the internet provider to take down the filter, while your children are present
Round 3: This house would abolish the tax rebate on mortgage interest
Round 4: This house would allow the Reclame Code Commissie (Dutch Advertising Standards Authority) to ban advertisements which affirm gender roles
Round 5: Context slide:You are Werner Heisenberg, a brilliant physicist. It is June 1942. You have done two years of research into nuclear fission, necessary to build an atomic bomb. You are a patriotic German, but not a nazi fanatic. You cooperate actively with the nazis. You do not know about the Holocaust. Albert Speer, Nazi-minister of armament and munition asks whether it is at all possible to build an atomic bomb and whether Germany can build one in three years. Your calculations indicate both are possible. Your advice is decisive for the continuation of Germany’s nuclear program. Motion: You lie to Albert Speer and tell him the atomic bomb cannot be built.
Round 6: This house would abolish the income criteria for family reunification (when bringing family members to the Netherlands for permanent settlement, the applicant must have an income significantly higher than the minimum wage)
Semi: This house believes that, upon death, every person’s body should revert to the state for scientific use or for organ donation depending on necessity
Novice final: This house believes that in countries where abortion is illegal, no exceptions should be made for cases of incest or rape
Final: This house believes that every Dutch family with an average or higher income has a moral obligation to take in a foster child (child from foster care)


The Süddeutsche Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Ingolstad, Germany, April 21-22 2012. The debates were held in the German language, here are the translated motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house calls for a constitutional right to Internet
Round 2: This house would mandate the use of condoms in pornoggaphic movies
Round 3: This house believes that a stable dictatorship is better than an unstable democracy
Round 4: In case of a zombie-epidemic, This house believes that zombies have a right to a humane life in special zombie-habitats
Semi: This house believes that it would be good for the Catholic Chuch to let the next pope be elected by a vote by all Catholics
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings

The Mitteldeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Jena, Germany, April 21-22 2012. Here are the motions translated from the german language:

Round 1: This house would abolish state imposed heritage protection
Round 2: There are states which prescribe quota for the number of women in Boards of companies. This house would prohibit companies from other states that do not fill the required quota in their Board to participate in public tenders in states with quotas.
Round 3: This house would limit media coverage of shootings
Round 4: When a ship threatens to breach a UN weapons embargo, This house would allow all states to stop the ship with the use of force.
Semi: This house believes that every person has the right to take pictures of works of art or performances and publish them as their own works of art
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings

The Norddeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Kiel, Germany, April 21-22 2012. The tournament was held in German language, here are the translated motions:

Round 1: This house calls for a common European army
Round 2: This house would lift the ban on dancing (Tanzverbot, probably more a general celebration ban) on the “quiet holidays” (Good Friday, Memorial Day and Remembrance Sunday (Totensonntag))
Round 3: This house would make the ‘morning after pill’ available without doctor’s recipe
Round 4: This house would cancel the exemption on the 5% vote threshold for national minorities
Semi: This house believes that the Olympic Idea has outlived itself
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings


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