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 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.]
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
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
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
The Cambridge Women’s debate tournament was held on 23rd November in Cambridge, UK. The women debated:
Round 1: This House Would legalise the buying and selling of sexual services
Round 2: This House Believes That football fans should boycott the 2022 world cup in Qatar
Round 3: This House Believes that the US and Iran should ally to fight ISIS
Round 4: This House Would aggresively financially incentivise the enrollment of female students in areas with low female enrollment
ESL Final: This House Believes That developed countries should grant an amnesty to illegil immigrants
Open Semi: This House Believes that individuals have a right to a basic income regardless of capacity or willingness to work
Open Final: This House Would allow individuals to sue religious organisations for making decisions that harm them
The Yorkshire Novice Cup was held on 23 November 2014, in Hull, UK
Round 1: This House would replace all sin taxes with an increase in income tax Info slide: Sin taes are taxes above VAT, levied on goods considered to be unhealthy such as alcohol and tobacco
Round 2: This House believes that the EU should issue a directive to all its member states to legalise gay marriage. Info slide: An EU Directive is a non-binding requirement passed to EU member states to enforce a policy within a certain time frame. Not fulfilling this requirement will lead to heavy financial penalties.
Round 3: This House would abolish all non-comprehensive schools and require children to attend their geographically closest school.
Round 4: This House believes that sexually assertive female pop stars identifying as feminists is harmful for feminism.
Final: This House believes that Western nations should not attend sporting events in countries with bad human rights records
Moscow Open 2014 was organised on the weekend 28th till 30th November 2014. Here are the motions:
Round 1: This house believes that laws about abortion should be decided in women-only referenda
Round 2: This house prefers a world in which people do not believe in the existence of God or a divine being
Round 3: This house believes that Putin’s interventionist role in global geopolitics is contrary to the interests of the Russian people
Round 4: This House Supports the use of tiger parenting techniques
Round 5: This house believes that celebrities should not act as spokespeople for humanitarian issues
SEMI: This house would if it was technologically possible erase memory of the idea and events caused by Nazism
FINAL: This house believes that a state’s primary obligation is towards its own citizens
This debate tournament was held between December 6th and 7th 2014. If you look through the motions that were debated, you can see there are a couple of complicated motions, some of them needed an info slide, but most of them were something new and interesting. Here are the motions:
Round 1: This house would base monetary criminal fines primarily on the income of the perpetrator rather than the severity of the crime
Round 2: This house believes that the EU should abandon its commitment to the principle of open borders between member states.
Round 3 info video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkjW9PZBRfk (1:10 to 2:00)
Round 3: This house believes that feminists should support the HeForShe movement.
Round 4 info slide: The Association of South East Asian Nations (also known as ASEAN) consists of the following countries; Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Its aim is to accelerate economic growth, social progress and peace and stability within the region. Motion: This house believes it is in ASEAN’s long term best interests to seek closer ties with China rather than the U.S.A.
Round 5 info slide: John Lennon freely admitted in multiple interviews to committing acts of domestic abuse. Jimmy Page has admitted on multiple occasions that he was in a relationship with a 14 year old girl. Motion: This house believes that the music press should aggressively negatively depict the work of artists, such as John Lennon and Jimmy Page who commit morally reprehensible acts.
Novice Final info slide: To proselytise is to induce someone to convert to one’s own religious faith. Novice Final Motion: This house would ban religious charities from proselytising in the developing world.
Semi-Final: This house supports the decision of pop stars such as Lily Allen and Adele to not take part in Band Aid
Final: This house would grant an amnesty to those who commit crimes during US race riots so long as they meet the following criteria: 1. They were motivated by a desire to fight social injustice 2. If property is targeted, it belongs to the aparatus of the state (for example, police cares and government buildings
The debate topics from the tournament Jerusalem Open in 2014.
Round 1: This house believes that foreign Western governments should stop attempting to resolve the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Round 2: This house believes that First Ladies/Gentlemen should not publicly advocate for policies or political positions during their partner’s term in office
Round 3: This house believes that schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism
Round 4: Info Slide: Jury nullification occurs in a trial when a jury acquits a defendant, even though the members of the jury believe the defendant to be guilty of the charges. This may occur when members of the jury disagree with the law the defendant has been charged with breaking, or believe that the law should not be applied in that particular case. A jury can similarly convict a defendant on the ground of disagreement with existing law, even if no law is broken. Motion: This house would allow jury nullification
Semi-Finals: This house would charge George W. Bush with war crimes for the CIA’s actions in his terms
Finals: This house belives that policy pertaining to religion in the public sphere in Israel should be set on a local level