Round 1: This house believes that inheritance should be taxed at 100%.
Round 2: This house would allow individuals to sell their vote on the market.
Round 3: This house believes that a technocratic state, not a democratic state, produces the best society.
Round 4: This house believes that in a situation where the UK is able to intervene in order to prevent human rights abuses in only some of multiple cases its soldiers should vote to decide which.
Final: This house would not participate in an industry that profits the mental problems of celebrities.
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
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
Debate motions from the Irish Times Round 2 in 2011, held between November 25 – November 30
Heat 1 – “This house would Remove all State Funding from RTE”
Heat 2 – “This house believes if Josef Mengele had Discovered a Cure for Cancer, it’d be morally Acceptable to use it”
Heat 3 “This house would Remove Equal State Suffrage in the United States Senate”
Heat 4 “Thouse Supports ‘The Right to be Forgotten’ (in relation to internet privacy)”
Heat 5 “This house believes Enda Kenny’s first 9 months as Taoiseach have been a success”
Heat 6 “This house would Allow Organised Fight Clubs”
Heat 7 “This house would Introduce Sex-Affirmative Action for Corporate Executives”
Heat 8 “This house would Abolish Libel”
Here are the motions from the Bogwall debate tournament, held between 18th and 19th November 2011
Round 1: This house would ban under 18’s from appearing on reality TV shows
Round 2: This house would ban all space exploration for the foreseeable future
Round 3: This house would globally create a tax on financial transactions
Round 4: This house would apply all libel law to content produced on social networking sites
Final: This house would euthanise all people on their 80th brithday