The Winter Hollyday Open is a tournament organised by the Croatian HDD (Hrvatsko Debatno Društvo) and has since grown to be one of the most important European (and probably wider) tournament in the WSDC debate format. It is organised in December.
Here are the debate motions from the 2017 edition of the WHO:
This house believes that every region should have the right to independent statehood if a majority of its members support this
This house believes that large tech companies should refuse to release data on their customers to governments even if it’s against the law
This house believes in regional trading blocs rather than global free trade
This house would prohibit all research that tries to establish a relationship between race/ethnicity and intelligence
This house supports a greater military presence in East Asia
This house would grant native peoples copyright over depictions of their culture
This house believes that the majority ownership of sports clubs should go to local communities
This house would ban global financial speculation on land and property
Round 1: This house believes that the US should ban extremist groups (e.g. the KKK and neo-Nazi groups)
Round 2: This house believes that the WTO should allow developing countries to impose policies aimed at protecting domestic industries, even at the expense of harming international trade.
Round 4: This house believes that states should significantly fund female-only tech companies
Round 3: THR the rise of “Sharing Culture” Info slide: “Sharing Culture” (a culture which encourages the frequent posting of both mundane and intimate details of ones life on social media platforms, and the commenting on and reacting to others posts of this nature)
Round 5: This house, as Israel, supports the Jewish People’s Intelligence Services Doctrine. Info slide: The Jewish People’s Intelligence Services should have a significant responsiblity not only to Israeli citizens’ security, ut also to the security of Jewish communities abroad. If this doctrine were adopted, Israel would use significant resources and launch potentially violent operations in order to keep Jewish people safe internationally.
Round 6: This house supports universities treating students as customers (eg by allocating significant resources to improving students lifestyles, and granting students influence over university decisions and the content and delivery of course curricula)
Round 7: This house believes that Western institutions should neither cooperate with, nor use the data produced by, non-Western medical institutions that do not meet Western standards on human clinical trials
Round 8: This house believes that LGBT groups should actively seek to include Side B Christians. Info slide: Side B Christians are Christians who identify as experiencing same sex attraction but nevertheless believe that homosexual sex is sinful and therefore attempt to remain celibate.
Round 9: This house supports the creation and use of Lethal Autonomous Robots (Lethal Autonomous Robots are fully autonomous military weapons that can select and engage targets without human intervention).
The tournament started on the 1st of August and is going on right now. As for now we only have the prepared motions, and the pairing of the teams. The pairing you can see on the picture, and here are the prepared motions. As the tournament goes on, we will add all the impromptu motions, so that you can discuss them in the comments!
Here are the motions (Prepared motions are marked as bold:
Preliminary Round 1: This house would ban for-profit universities and colleges
Preliminary Round 2: Impromptu, waiting on the motion
Preliminary Round 3: This house would deny tax-exempt status to religious institutions that refuse to appoint female leaders
Preliminary Round 4: Impromptu, waiting on the motion
Preliminary Round 5: This house would make labor union membership compulsory in large industries
Preliminary Round 6: Impromptu, waiting on the motion
Preliminary Round 7: This house believes that the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe does more harm than good
Preliminary Round 8: Impromptu
So, how do you like the motions. What is your favourite?
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