Yorkshire Novice Cup

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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

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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

Westminster Open 2014

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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

Jerusalem Open 2014

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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

WUDC 2015 Malaysia Worlds

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The World Universities Debating Championship 2015 was held in Malaysia this year, and it was a good one. No big problems like we had in the past, and a lot of great debates. Check out the motions from the WUDC 2015 and tell us what you think about them in the comments.

Round 1: This House regrets the decline of tightly integrated families.

Round 2: Infoslide: Climate engineering is a deliberate and large-scale intervention in earth’s climatic system in an effort to combat Global Warming. Climate engineering may take many forms; Examples include, but are not limited to, planting large forests where none previously existed, fertilizing the ocean with iron to dramatically increase the population of algae, and increasing cloud coverage so less sunlight reaches earth’s suface. Motion: This house believes that environmental movements should support climate engineering that fundamentally alters the environment, in an attempt to combat Global Warming.

Round 3: This House believes that in areas of socio-economic deprivation, schools should train students in vocational skills to the exclusion of the Liberal Arts.

Round 4: This House would prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes.

Round 5: This House belives that the international community should cut off internet access in Syria.

Round 6: This House belives that developing countries should adopt economic development policies that heavily disincentivise urbanisation.

Round 7: Infoslide: Over the last decade, scientists have identified a range of chemicals that exist naturally in the brain and shape individuals’ moral behaviour. Significant amounts of research is now being carried out to create “moral enhancement drugs”, which would alter the levels of such chemicals. Such drugs have been shown to increase individuals’ tendencies to display empathy and care for others, to behave in altruistic way, and to resist pressures to act in ways that violate their personal ethical beliefs. Motion: This House would ban the research and production of moral enhancement drugs.

Round 8: This House believes that the United States and the European Union should seek to promote peace by heavily subsidising Israeli businesses who invest in the Palestinian territories.

Round 9: This House, as a medical professional employed by the United States military or security services, would, and would encourage others, to refuse orders to provide medical treatment to individuals undergoing “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”.

Open partial double octofinals: This house would allow corporations to use hackers to retaliate against cyberattacks where the state seems unwilling or unable to do so.
Open Octofinals:
This house believes that disadvantaged groups should emphasise their conformity with, rather than distictiveness from dominant culture; as a strategy for improving their social position.
Open Quarterfinals:
This house regrets the decline of secular pan-Arab nationalism.
Open Semifinals: This house believes that all states should create special economic zones in cities, where all economic activities (except the purchase of goods and services) are carried out by women.
Open Finals: This house believes that humanitarian organisations should and should be allowed to give funding, resources or services ti illegal armed groups when this is made a condition for access to vulnerable civilians.

ESL Finals: This house believes that liberal democracies that overthrow the governments of other states should impose power sharing even when this overrides or delays democratic representation.
ESL Semifinals: This house would severely limit companies ability to replace workers with technology
ESL Quarterfilans: The broken windows theory describes the concept that substantial amounts of petty crime create that increase major crime. Many jurisdictions, including most famously New York State, have introduced policing policies in response; and respond to areas of high crime with substantial increase in police presence, arrest and prosecution rates for petty crime and harsher punishments. Motion: This house believes that the African-American community should oppose “broken windows policies”

EFL Semifinals: This house would ban its citizens from visiting iliberal states whose economies depend on tourism.

Ljubljana IV 2014

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Round 1: This house believes that countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single, tradable permit to have a child.
Round 2. This house would launch a ground invasion to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq
Round 3. This house believes that states should seek to prioritise reducing income inequality over GDP growth
Round 4. This house believes that states should pay reparations to minorities, who are citizens, that the state has previously oppressed
Round 5. This house believes that the EU member states should sanction any state that ignores ECJ rulings.
Semis:
Finals: TH regrets the increased mechanization of manual labor 

EUDC Zagreb 2014

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The European Universities Debating Championship 2014 are taking place in Zagreb right now. Here are the motions up to round 5, more will be added as they are announced.

Round 1: This house would pay additional benefits to families on welfare according to their child’s performance in school
Round 2: This house supports two-party political systems over multi-party political systems.
Round 3: This house would ban international aid charities from using sensational, graphic or overly-emotional images of suffering
Round 4: This house believes that EU membr states should nationalise Oil and Gas Resources to Surrender Total Ownership and Control to an EU-run Energy Agency
Round 5: Info slide: Commemoration = a state-supported national celebration or mourning of historical events or people Motion: This house believes that states of the former Yugoslavia should not commemorate the events of the Yugoslav Wars
Round 6: Info Slide: Blind voting = you state your political preferences and a party is matched to you according to your preferences Motion: This house would introduce Blind Voting
Round 7: This house would require Police that the Ethnic Composition of their Arrests match the Ethnic Composition of the Population in their Jurisdiction
Round 8: Info slide: micro-finance refers to long-term loans with little or low interest provided to individs who seek to start a business. Motion: This house believes that micro-finance organisations (charities, NGOs, Development Banks) should offer microfinance loans in developing nations only to women
Round 9: This house believes that states should hold binding national referendums on major peace agreements

Thailand WSDC 2014 motions

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Round 0: THW Ban Children From Becoming Professional Models
Round 1: This house believes that post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
Round 3: This house would allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
Round 4 (impromptu): This house would require companies to pay their interns.
Round 5: This house believes that slum tourism does more harm than good.
Round 6 (impromptu): THW not allow unvaccinated children to attend public schools.
Round 7: This house would lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.
Octo finals: This House Would not Prosecute Defamation
Grand Finals: THBT Asean political union is an impossible dream.

I was not able to find all the motions. If you have any that I’m missing, please contact me, or just write it in the comments.

These motions were prepared by the 2013/14 WSDC Motions Committee and verified by two external, independent checkers.

The Motions Committee is just finalising the wording of the Grand Final motion and it will be released very soon.

I’d like to thank all the members of this year’s committee for their time and hard work preparing these motions.

Best wishes

Beth

Chair, Tournament Executive Committee

USU Universities 2014, Purdue University

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Round 1: This house supports doctors who refuse to take people as patients who are unvaccinated because of a religious or philosophical objection that they or their parents hold
Round 2: This house believes that the feminist movement should actively exclude socially conservative viewpoints
Round 3: This house believes that Palestine should prohibit the establishment and operation of Israeli companies within Palestinian territories
Round 4: This house would allow the public to remove Supreme Court justices by a popular referendum with a 60% supermajority
Round 5: This house would choose not to consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts
Round 6: Excluding sexual offenses, THW make poverty a significant mitigating factor in criminal sentencing

Octofinals: This house would ban prenuptial agreements
Quarterfinals: This house believes that the assassination of political leaders is a legitimate tactic in war
Semifinals: This house supports developing countries violating the intellectual property rights of multinational corporations to benefit the public interest
Novice Finals (this wasn’t the exact wording, but you get the idea): For any crime that tribal courts have jurisdiction over tribal members, THW give tribal courts jurisdiction over non members.
Grand Finals: This house Regrets the continuation of NATO after the dissolution of the Soviet Union

World Schools Debate Academy June-July 2014 Motions

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PREPARED MOTIONS FOR THE TOURNAMENT
Round One: This house believes that the West should actively include Iran in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.
Round Two: This house regrets that Brazil is the host of the football World Cup 2014.
Round Three: This house believes that governments should actively discourage consumerist lifestyles.
Final Round: This house believes that governments should prioritize policies that reduce social inequality over economic growth.

PRACTICE DEBATE MOTIONS – will come from this list
This house would give more votes to citizens according to their performance on a current affairs test.
This house regrets that Western Media demonized Islamist Terrorists rather than portraying them as criminals with legitimate grievances.
This house would ban video games in which the player engages in brutal and immoral violence in a realistic setting.
This house believes that online matchmaking is a better system than traditional dating.
This house would allow internet users to sell their own personal information for profit
This house believes that USA should drop all charges against Edward Snowden
This house believes that in instances where peaceful protests are met with a disproportionately violent state response, protesters should respond violently.
This house believes that a world without organized religion would be a better world.
This house regrets the rise of anti-hero in media.
This house believes that secular governments should actively censor those sections of religious texts that either constitute hate speech or propagate negative attitudes to other religious/ethnic groups.
This house would criminalize the public denial of evolution.
This house would abolish educational track systems in schools.
This house believes that life-extending medical procedures should be denied to the terminally ill.
This house would Prohibit Religious Organisations from Speaking out against Homosexuality.
This house believes that states should take active measures to limit the spread of American pop culture.
This house believes that that developing countries should support commercial surrogacy.
This house will make parents legally responsible for their children’s crimes.
This house believes that crime against animals that are members of an endagered species should be sentenced as if the animal were human.
This house believes that digital communication is more important to humanity than face-to-face contact.
This house would make wearing fur illegal.
This house believes that foster children should be placed into families with similar backgrounds (race, religion, etc)
This house believes that politicians should not have public profiles on twitter and other social networking sites.
This house would eliminate any legal or ethical limitations from the field of genetic research on improving the human body.
This house would give primates (e.g. monkeys) and cetaceans (e.g. dolphins) the same rights to life, freedom from physical harm, and freedom of movement as humans
This house would allow legislation through voter initiated referenda.
This house believes that developing countries should nationalise companies that extract their national resources
This house believes that Iran should not have been excluded from current Geneva negotiations about peace in Syria.
This House would include Iran in negotiations for peace in Siria.
This house regrets that Brazil is the host of the football World Cup 2014
This house supports media censorship during times of political crisis
This house believes that developing countries should nationalise companies that extract their national resources