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 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
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.
Finals: TH regrets the increased mechanization of manual labor
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
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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.
Chair, Tournament Executive Committee