Bali UADC 2015

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Round 1: Development
This house believes that development aid should be made conditional on poor countries aggressively pursuing population control In the pursuit of promoting development,
This house believes that development aid should come with zero interest
This house would impose an extremely high ownership fee on vehicle ownership (200%-300%) in developing countries

Round 2: Women
This house believes that governments of conservative societies should financially incentivize men to be house-husbands
This house, as a woman, would vote for Hillary Clinton
In order to address the wage gap, This house would impose a higher income tax on men

Round 3: International Law
This house believes that states should hold periodic elections for their local governments where people can vote to permanently secede
This house would allow the owners of IP rights to sue governments where those IP rights are widely infringed upon within their countries
This house believes that trials involving crimes against humanity should continue despite the death of the accused

Round 4: Technology
This house would nationalise all internet search engines (e.g. Google Search)
This house would not recognise a right to be forgotten online
This house believes that first world countries should criminalise mere access to the deep web
(Definition: The deep web is the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines and typically contains illegal or subversive content.)

Round 5: Economics
Thio house would only allow people to obtain credit credits if they exceed the average national income per person
This house supports the use of economic terrorism to fight against unfair trade practices of large nations, such as currency manipulation and trade-distorting subsidies
(Definition: Economic terrorism is an attempt by a non-state actor of a coordinated destabilisation, in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, including but not limited to, aggressive market tactics, hoarding dollar reserves for currency manipulation and physical attacks to ports.)
This house believes that EU nations should abandon austerity measures in favour of deficit-spending

Round 6: Refugees
This house would give automatically grant refugees citizenship; if the conflict they are escaping from continues for an equal amount of time it takes for a person to acquire citizenship in the sheltering nation
This house believes that people who consented to be smuggled across borders but arelater trafficked, should be considered as illegal immigrants, rather than as victims
This house supports Australia paying developing countries (e.g. Cambodia, Papua New Guinea) to take in its refugees

Round 7: Geo-politics
This house believes that the Philippines should waive its claim over Sabah in exchange for Malaysia supporting the Spratly Islands case against China
This house believes that India should give military aid to Pakistan to assist in the war on terror
Assuming feasibility, This house would relocate Palestine

Round 8: Social Liberties
This house believes that Western Liberal Democracies should not allow drawing competitions of the Prophet Muhammad.
This house would make labour union membership mandatory
This house prefers using referendums instead of the courts in deciding the legality of civil rights

Open Pre-Octofinals: Environment
This house, as an environmental activist, would not engage in carbon offsetting
(Definition: Carbon offsetting is when a person attempts to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases in order to compensate for their own carbon-heavy emission.)
This house would ban any speech and publication denying man-made climate change
This house regrets fossil fuel divestment campaign
(Definition: Divestment campaign is a movement to lobby for people to refrain from investing OR for holders of stocks, bonds, or investment funds to sell their shares in fossil fuel companies)

Open Octofinals: Languages & Symbols
This house would ban all historically discriminatory words
This house regrets the prevalence of battlefield metaphor in describing the condition of individuals with cancer; such as cancer survivor, fighting cancer and lost the battle to cancer
This house believes that the disability rights movement should exploit rather than oppose “inspiration porn”
(Definition: “Inspiration porn” is any picture, video, meme, or feel-good article that displays a person with a disability doing an ordinary activity – such as playing, talking, or walking – and hailing such activity as inspiring.)

Open Quarterfinals & EFL Pre-Quarterfinals: LGBT
This house believes that the state should pay reparations to homosexuals after it recognises marriage equality
This house would not publish the names of donors to ballot initiatives, such as Proposition 8
This house regrets granting the ESPY Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner
(Context: Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender who was born biologically male. She was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, a former Olympian athlete and a reality show celebrity in “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.)

EFL Quarters: Elections
This house would ban all forms of election-related polls, such as election forecasts and public opinion polls
This house believes that states should not allow individuals with dual citizenship to vote in either of their national elections, unless they give up one of their citizenship status
This house would mandate a quota of seats for young politicians (i.e. 18 to 30 year-olds) in the Parliament

Open Semifinals & EFL Semifinals: Philosophistication
Given the trolley problem, This house would not do anything
(Definition: The “trolley problem” is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of problem is the following: There is a runaway trolley speeding down the railway. Ahead, the trolley is heading towards five people tied up and it will end up killing them. Next to you, there is a lever that allows you to switch the track that the trolley is on to a track that will kill one person only. Do you pull the lever or not do anything?)
This house would allow the enforcement of “moral agreements” between private citizens, including the mutual agreement on the punishment administered
Assuming the technology exists, This house would forcibly return his memories
(Situation: A man who is married with two kids is living a happy life. He got into a terrible accident while alone on vacation, suffered from permanent amnesia and goes missing. Subsequently, he has established a new life and is happily living with his new family. A friend has discovered him and offered to re-introduce him to his old life. He refuses to return to his old life.)

EFL Finals: Religion
This house believes that secular democracies with substantial religious communities should not allow a separate legal system for those communities (e.g. Syariah Law, Canon Law)
This house would recognise religious indoctrination as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing
This house, as the atheist community, will not support Dawkin’s “God Delusion” publication
(Context: Richard Dawkin’s best-selling “The God Delusion” book sets out to prove that God does not exist and a personal belief in God qualifies as a delusion and an insanity.)

Grand Finals: Social Construct
This house believes that Western governments should cease their efforts to universalise liberal values
This house regrets the norm of prospective parents actively choosing to have a biological child rather than adopt
This house prefers a world without any conception of gender over a world with a conception of gender identities

2015 Mahidol BP Open

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The tournament was held in the British Parliamentary debate format, in june 27-28th 2015.

Grandfinals motion: This house believes that the British monarchy should actively and openly influence local/national politics.
Semifinals: Assuming the technology exists, This house remove aggression from human behavior.

Round 1: This house regrets the Dutch court’s decision to grant the climate liability suit filed by activists. (Context: The climate liability suit decision requires the Dutch government to cut carbon emissions by 25% within 5 years)
Round 2: This house, as the indigenous community, would engage in ecological terrorism to protect its lands.
Round 3: This house, as the transgender community, rejects Dolezal’s transracial claim.
Round 4: This house supports prohibiting the sale and display of the Confederate flag except for educational purposes.

Dutch WUDC 2017

Dutch WUDC 2017 – The Hague

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The Worlds Universities Debating Championship 2017 is taking place right now in The Hague, Netherlands. The rounds start on the 28th of December, and we will post all the WUDC 2017 motions and results as soon as they are announced. If you are participating or just following your team, check in the comments!

Round 1: This house believes that post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps).
Round 2: This house would allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
Round 3: This house believes that sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
Round 4: In areas with rapidly rising property prices, This house would suspend all restrictions on property development that are not health and safety requirements (for example, environmental zoning regulations, building height restrictions, and regulations on the appearance of buildings)
Round 5: This House believes that the Netherlands should allow citizens to purchase additional votes from the government at a cost proportional to their wealth (for example, one additional vote for 1% of wealth) Info Slide: The Netherlands has a political system with many political parties in which no one party typically gets a majority of the vote. Seats in the parliament are allocated in proportion to the number of votes received by each party on a national level (‘proportional representation’). The government is formed by the coalition of parties that has a majority in the parliament.
Round 6: This house believes that the world would be a better place if women from privileged backgrounds turned down any benefits arising from affirmative actions programs.
Round 7: This house believes that South Korea should produce nuclear weapons
Round 8: This house regrets the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start own companies rather than puruse traditional career paths
Round 9: This house would temporarily and significantly relax minimum labour standards in times of unusually high unemployment, including workplace health and safety standards, minumum wage, working hour restrictions etc.

Partial Double Octos: This house believes that countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service.
ESL Quarterfinals: This house believes that the U.S. should provide campaign funding for federal and state confressmen and senators who score highly on bipartisan metrics*. *Info: Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc., calculated by independent bodies.
Open Octo-finals: This house would ban advocacy for religious belief in public places
ESL Semis: This house, as the pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy.

There are videos for some of the debates, sadly they decided not to allow us to embedd the video, so go and see the video of the open finals here

Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 motions

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Round 1: Info slide: Mercenaries are soldiers for hire outside of national armed forces. They can be hired either as individuals contracted by a state or through companies offering these services to a state. Motion: This house would allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations.
Round 2: This house would would prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
Round 3: This house believes that all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
Round 4: This house believes that governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents.
Round 5: This house believes the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
Round 6: Info slide: A sunset clause is a legal measure that provides that the law in which it is contained shall expire after a specific date, unless further action is taken to extend it. Motion: This house believes that states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation.
Round 7: This house supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
Round 8: This house believes that the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
Round 9: Info slide: Culpability is a measure of the degree to which a person can be held morally responsible for an offense. Motion: This house believes that that criminal punishments should be based only on the offenders’ culpability rather than the damages caused by the criminal act or other outcomes derived from the punishment.

EUDC 2015 Vienna motions

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Round 1: This House pay all elected politicians the median wage in their country.
Round 2: This House believes that when multi-national corporations conduct any business in Western states, these nations should enforce their environmental standards at all stages of production.
Round 3: This House believes that Western states should not use private military contractors in combat.
Round 4: This House would ban any treatment, service or ritual from claiming a physical healing effect until it is tested and proven more effective than a placebo by a national regulator.
Round 5: This House believes that the European Union should lift its arms embargo on China.
Round 6: This House would only allow the media and campagning organisations to depict or publish information about the deceased in a tragedy with the explicit permission of the family.
Round 7: TH believes that the West should stop all attempts to gather information or intelligence by deception and/or coercion of foreign citizens
Round 8: TH believes that it is legimitate for individuals to punish people they deem to have committed online harassment by revealing their identity online.
Round 9: THW introduce a 100% inheritance tax

WSDC 2015 Singapore All motions

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Preliminary Round 1: This House would ban the use of zero-hour contracts 
Preliminary Round 2: This House would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders 
Preliminary Round 3: This House supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Preliminary Round 4: THW not consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts
Preliminary Round 5: This House believes that cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves
Preliminary Round 6. This house would ban political opinion polls
Preliminary Round 7: This house supports a right to die
Preliminary Round 8: This house would forgive Greece’s debt

Octa finals: This house would require members of the clergy to report all crimes to authorities including those made in confession.
SEMI FINAL 1: This house believes that the military struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations
SEMI FINAL 2: This house regrets the media focus on the personal lives of politicians
Grand final motion: This house believes that governments should provide a guaranteed universal basic income

Durham Open 2014

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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

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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

Cambridge IV 2014

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This is one of the best known tournaments, the Cambridge IV. It was held on 21/23 November 2014 in Cambridge, UK. The motions for the tournament were:

Round 1: This House Would not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft
Round 2: This House, as a superhero, would agree to use their powers solely in service of the democratic state
Round 3: This House Supports the objectification of men in popular culture.
Round 4: This House Would require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the State.
Round 5: This House Believes That Western foreign policy should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values
ESL Semi: This House Believes That Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches
ESL Final: Assuming the existence of a gay gene, This House Would disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
Open Quarter: This House Would prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
Open Semi: This House Supports the New Atheism movement
Open Final: This House Believes That unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay

Cicero Debattoernooi 2014

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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