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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
Motions from the German Language Championships held in Austria, June 7-10. The motions are translated from the German language, because the tournament was in German.
Round 1: This house would oblige pharmaceutical companies to spend half of their research budgets on illnesses that occur primarily in developing countries
Round 2: This house wouldforbid domestic security services to monitor Members of Parliaments
Round 3: Thise house would continue the European Football Championships with 16 participating teams
Round 4: This house, which is technically capable to do so, would clone Neandertalers
Round 5: This house would create Eurobonds
Round 6: This house would not perform any plays of Thomas Bernhard in Austria
Round 7: This house supports the foundation of an independent Kurdic state
Quarter: This house condemns the use of unmanned weapon systems (drones) against human targets
Semi: This house would use geo-engineering to combat climate change
Final: This house supports large-scale migration from poor to rich regions in the European Union
Debate topics from the tournament Split Union Open, held in Split, Croatia, May 18th 2012.
Round 1: This house would ban single sex schools
Round 2: This house would disband NATO
Round 3: This house would make votes public
Round 4: This house would allow pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs
Final: This house would create ethnic diversity in neighborhoods by introducing housing quotas
The Norddeutschen Regionalmeisterschaft was held in Kiel, Germany, April 21-22 2012. The tournament was held in German language, here are the translated motions:
Round 1: This house calls for a common European army
Round 2: This house would lift the ban on dancing (Tanzverbot, probably more a general celebration ban) on the “quiet holidays” (Good Friday, Memorial Day and Remembrance Sunday (Totensonntag))
Round 3: This house would make the ‘morning after pill’ available without doctor’s recipe
Round 4: This house would cancel the exemption on the 5% vote threshold for national minorities
Semi: This house believes that the Olympic Idea has outlived itself
Final: This house would allow audio and video recording of court procedures and the public dissemination of the recordings
The HSE open debate tournament in 2012 was held in Moscow, April 7-8. The motions:
Round 1: This house believes that all teachers should openly declare their sexuality to their pupils
Round 2: This house would set legally binding minimal physical parameters for fashion models
Round 3: This house would treat cyber attacks as acts of war
Round 4: This house would legalize all drugs
Round 5: This house would not use public money on life-extending medical care for people over a certain age
Semi: This house believes that change comes through molotov cocktails, not with a voting ballot
Final: In the case where human space exploration efforts locate an inhabitable planet, This house believes that the settlers of that planet should construct a society without private property
Round 1: Children
1. This House supports child labor
2. This House will not allow Parents to raise their children in one particular faith
3. This House does not support the idea of unisex schools
Round 2: Rights
1. This House will give two votes to the Poor.
2. This House will not allow teachers the right to strike
3. This House will not give awards to celebrities who glorify or openly use Drugs.
Round 3: Sex and Relationship
1. This House will allow group marriages
2. This House will legalize prostitution
3. This House will allow transsexual sex offenders to be publicly punished by transsexuals.
Round 4: Bangladesh
1. This House will shift all military establishment out of Dhaka
2. This House will close all diplomatic ties with Pakistan till it apologizes for the genocide in 1971
3. This House will require a minimum Bachelor’s degree to stand in general election.
Round 5: Love and Affection
1. This House will allow public display of affection
2. This House will allow the over the counter sale of sex enhancing drugs and sex toys.
3. This house will ban all free pornography
Debate motions from the 2012 Hong Kong Open debate tournament
R1: THW privatize the police.
R2: THBT the increasing participation of women in violent sports is good for women
R3: THW pay drug addicts to get sterilized
R4: THW ban positive depictions of former dictators and convicted war criminals
R5: The withdrawal of forces of foreign troops from states in w/c they intervened should be subject to a referendum by people in that state
R6: THW ban privately owned vehicles for personal use
QF: THW make shareholders legally liable for environmental damage and labour abuse by the companies they invest in.
Semi: The state shouldn’t issue licenses to religious schools that do not acknowledge & teach the primacy of secular processes & values
GF: THW ban the publication of pre-election surveys/polls during election periods
Round 1: This house would lift the international ban on whaling
Round 2: This house would mandate the use of condoms in pornography
Round 3: This house would introduce a salary cap for European footballers
Round 4: This house believes that Russia should compulsorily renationalise its oil and gas industries
Round 5: This house believes that people who refuse to accept jobs which require them to remove religious dress should not recieve unemployment benefit
ESL Semi: This house would make English the single working language of the EU
ESL Final: This house believes that the outing of public figures is a legitimate tactic of the gay rights movement
Main Quarter: This house believes that fault should be a factor in the awarding of court ordered divorce settlements
Main Semi: This house believes that western nations should buy opium from Afghan farmers for morphine production
Main Final: This house believes that doctors should inform parents before carrying out abortions on under 16s
Round 1: This House Believes That Sex Education Classes in Schools Should Teach Techniques For Pure Sexual Gratification (including, but not limited to, anal sex, oral sex, mutual gratification and masturbation)
Round 2: This House Believes That in developing countries aid organizations should be banned from religious proselytizing.
Round 3: This House Believes That Trade unions and labour protection laws should be suspended during times of economic crisis.
Round 4: This House Believes That Israel Should Materially Support Arab Pro-Democratic Movements.
Round 5: This House Believes That a tax should be placed on successful artists in order to fund new and developing artists(Note: Artists defined by the CA team to be the arts and the entertainment industry).
Open Quarter Final: This House Believes That International Law should allow states which accept refugees to sue the states they come from for compensation.
ESL Semi Final: This House Believes That the LGBT Movement Should Not Support Pride Marches.
Open Semi: This House would Establish Brothels on Military Bases.
ESL Final: This House believes That the CEOs of the largest corporations should be chosen by the national democratic elections
Open Final: This House Would establish geographical zones where the selling and consuming of any and all drugs are legal.
Motions from the DDG Master’s Cup 2012, Eisenach, Germany, September 29-30. The tournament was held in german language, the debate topics are translated.
Round 1: This house believes in the right of bodily integrity of children
Round 2: This house would out homosexual football players (or forcibly out those it knows about)
Round 3: This house would abolish the Beamtenstatus (i.e. a body of exceptions to the laws governing all citizens of the state granted to some categories of civil servants)
Round 4: This house chooses immortality
Semi: This house declares the war on drugs a failure
Final: This house believes that it is (fully) sufficient to combat the symptoms