Other tournament motions

The Rotterdam BP tournament was not held in English, so these are the translated motions. Netherlands, January 21 2012.

Round 1: This house would allow ‘Fight Clubs’ to be founded
Round 2: This house would give police the same investigative powers as under the anti-terrorism framework when dealing with ‘loverboys’ (men who trick young women into becoming prostitutes)
Round 3: This house believes that the EU should focus all its efforts on the Common Market (should only strive for a Common Market)
Round 4: This house would oblige prospective parents with a genetic disease to use embryo selection
Semi: This house would suspend all sanctions on North Korea
Final: This house would impose a legal duty of care on adult children for their parents

Round 1: This house belives that religious organisations should be subject to all aspects of civilian law (including, but not limited to: employment practice, adoption policy,...)
Round 2: This house would require military training to include extensive ethical and philosophical study
Round 3: This house would vote Republican
Round 4: This house would legalise S&M
Round 5: This house believes it is legitimate to use violence to defend private property
SemiFinal: This house as the UN, would use only private military companies for peace keeping operations
Final: This house would raise its child without gender

Die zeitDebatten

Round 1: Should pensioners be obliged to do voluntary work?
Round 2: Should the 9th of November be Germany’s national holiday?
Round 3: Do we need a common European asylum and migration policy?
Round 4: Should the debt limit on Länder be abolished?
Round 5: Should people with prostheses be allowed to participate in regular sports competitions, even when the prostheses could be considered advantageous?
Semi: Should research in all German universities exclusively serve civil and peaceful purposes?
Final: Should the position of national president be abolished?

Round 1: THBT Western nations should make development aid conditional on the protection of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) rights.
Round 2: THBT governments should lie to their populations in time of economic crisis, where the lies are deemed likely to improve the economy.
Round 3: THW make any language which is spoken by at least 5% of the population an official state language and offer all state service in that language.
Round 4: THBT the US military should destroy Iran's nuclear program.
Round 5: THW require all media aimed at children to undermine traditional gender roles
SemiFinal: THW make the US pay reparations to its Muslim citizens.
Final: THBT the time for the United States of Europe has come.

The King's College London IV 2011 was held on December 3. Here are the motions from the tournament, and if you would like to visit the Facebook page, folow this link.

Round 1: THBT High Schools should not award the titles Prom King and Prom Queen at the Senior Prom
Round 2: THW Make Substantial Military Service a Condition for Running for the Presidency of the United States
Round 3: THBT Facebook, Google, and Yahoo should take active steps to prevent the formation of "filter bubbles"
Round 4: THW allow individuals to legally occupy any building that has been unused for more than 6 months
Semi: THBT the Japanese Government should allow its citizens to form leagues of masked vigilantes to fight the Yakuza
Final: THBT Courts in Emerging Democracies should break up persistently dominant political parties

Motions from the NSU Asian BP tournament in 2011

R1: THW ban violent sports.
R2: TH regrets Myanmar's appointment as future ASEAN chair.
R3: THW abolish gated communites with extensive private security.
R4: THW require all media outlets to be organised as cooperatives, owned and run by journalists only.
R5: THW not allow countries undertaking military intervention abroad to harvest natural resources while they are there.
R6: THBT feminists should campaign for fathers' right!
Pre Quarter: THW criminalize the refusal to render reasonable assistance to people in distress.
Quarters: THBT states should punish more harshly acts of terrorism committed by own citizens than those committed by citizens of ther countries.
Semi Finals: THW use state education system to actively promote athesim.

The Paris Centrale IV debate tournament was held in Paris, on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011. Here are the motions:

Round 1: THBT parenthood should be by license only
Round 2: THBT states should actively try to break down internet censorship of foreign regimes
Round 3: THBT gay professional sportspeople have a duty to come out
Round 4: THBT the European Union should have direct powers of taxation
Round 5: THW legalize opium production in Afghanistan
Semi-final: THBT serial marital infidelity should be a bar to seeking high political office
Final: THW partition Belgium

Motions from the Cork IV, held on the first weekend in December 2011.

Round 1: This house believes that all bail-out packages should be approved by a popular referendum in the recipient party
Round 2: This house believes that the Arab League should impose an oil embargo on the EU until the EU member states lift their ban on the Islamic Veil
Round 3: This house believes that it would be better if Sinn Fein took their seats (in the UK parliament)
Round 4: This house believes that Virginia Tech should remember Seung-Hui Cho, the shooter, along with his victims in its memorials … and launch 33 balloons
Round 5: This house would allow defendants in criminal trials to ask the judge to be acquitted on the grounds that the law they broke was unjust, and would instruct all juries to take this defense into account
Semi: This house believes that the State should give everyone an equal salary, paid for by the government, even if they are unemployed
Novice final: This house believes that the State should have no role in the recognition of marriage
Final: This house would refuse war veterans the right to vote

Here are the motions from the Moscow Open 2011 tournament, held on November 26th and 27th in Moscow, Russia.

Round 1: This house would ban the smacking of children
Round 2: This house believes that one party's maximum share in the parliament should be limited to 50% + 1 place
Round 3: This house believes that eurozone countries that are in danger of default should be forced to give up control over taxation and budget spending in addition to receiving a bail-out.
Round 4: This house believes that legislators should not take the will of the people into consideration, when the reason behind it is religious
Round 5: This house believes that countries should use political leverage to influence judicial proceedings involving their citizens in other countries.
Semi-final: This house believes that Russia along with the EU & US should implement a complete trade ban with Iran
Final: This house believes that society would be better if the primary duty of companies were to their workers and not to their shareholders

The Die Zeit Debatten are a long running tournaments in Germany. Here are the motions from the tournament in the German town Karlshruhe, held on November 26th and 27th. The debates were held in German, so here is the English translation of the motions.

Round 1: Should appeal procedures (Einspruchsmöglichkeiten) against construction projects for renewable energy be cancelled?
Round 2: Should the inclusion of disabled children in German schools be stopped?
Round 3: Should the NPD be banned?
Round 4 (1st in-between round): Should human rights be cancelled for those persons who violate human rights?
Round 5 (2nd in-between round): Should news be censored when it could shake the confidence in the public finances of a Eurozone member?
Semi: Should the West support the uprising in Syria militarily?
Final: Do we need a United States of Europe?

The ESU England Mace tournament was held in England on November 26th and 27th 2011. Here are the motions that were debated on the tournament:

Round 1: This house would allow gifted students to skip years in primary and secondary school
Round 2: This house believes that all countries should abandon the fight against climate change and should just seek to adapt to its consequences
Round 3: (Pre-released motion) This house believes that all US primary elections should be held on the same day
Round 4: This house believes the EU should centrally govern all vital aspects of the economies of heavily indebted eurozone nations
Round 5: This house believes that single parents in prison should be provided with special treatment to allow them to raise their young children from behind bars
Semi-Final: This house believes that Pakistan should cease all assistance to the United States in the fight against the Taliban
Grand Final: This house would criminalise all forms of racist speech and behaviour, even where it falls short of directly inciting racial hatred or violence


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