Motions from the Berlin IV debate tournament in 2012. Here are the topics that were debated:
Round 1: This house would assasinate Bashar al Assad
Round 2: This house believes that schools should teach children from first-generation immigrants in the language of their parents
Round 3: This house believes that developing countries should limit rural to urban migration
Round 4: This house would compel the Catholic Church to allow women to serve as priests
Round 5: This house regrets South Africa’s decision to use Truth and Reconciliation Commisions rather than prosecuting perpetrators of crimes under Apartheid
Missing is the semis motion.
Final: This house regrets the decline of socialism
Round 1: THW create public housing for the poor in wealthy areas
Round 2: THBT Japan should acquire nuclear weapons
Round 3: THW only imprison individuals who pose a direct and continuing threat to society
Round 4: THBT International development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states
Round 5: THBT self described progressive males of dominant ethnicities are morally obliged to refrain from taking positions of responsibility where there is a qualified alternative candidate from a historically disadvantaged group who would otherwise receive the post
Round 6: THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscience
Round 7: THBT European Union nations should forgive Greece’s sovereign debt
Round 8: THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradable permit to have a child
Round 9: THW ban political parties and require all candidates for national public office to seek election as independents
English as a foreign language (EFL) breaking rounds motions:
Quarter Finals THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
Semi Finals THBT policies that may have significant environmental consequences should be subject to a veto by a ‘supreme court’ of scientific experts
Final This House welcomes the decline of the USA as the sole global super power.
English as a second language (ESL):
Quarter Finals: THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
Semi Finals: THBT the feminist movement should actively promote norms of stable monogamous relationships
Grand Final: THBT representative democracies with large numbers of foreigners living in their territory (on temporary or permanent basis) should create specific seats to represent them in parliament.
Partial Double Octo Finals THBT universities should never prohibit research or teaching on the grounds of sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory implications
Main break motions:
Octo Finals: THBT the US should cut off military aid to Egypt
Quarter Finals: THW ban all advertising of consumer goods and services
Semi Finals: TBHT the WTO should never allow nations to place export restrictions on food, rare-earth metals, and other non-oil commodities
Grand Final: THW not allow religious communities to expel members on the basis of views or actions that contradict doctrinal teachings
1.This house would put pragmatism before its principles.
2. This house would test nuclear weapons.
3. This house would rebuild the Berlin Wall.
4. This house would sacrifice economic growth for the good of the environment.
5. This house would give racists a platform.
6. This house would make the blood of the patriarchy run in the streets. (enforced humour round)
7. This house would heed its priests.
8. This house believes that developing nations should adopt Western feminism.
9. This house would in trial by jury.
Octo Final: This house would reject big government.
Qtr Final: This house believes that the melting pot has failed.
Semi Final: This house would let the language die.
Final: This house believes that strong dictatorship is better than weak democracy.