Tag Archives: england

DCU Open 2012

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment


The DCU open in 2012 was held on 23rd and 24th March in 2012. The participants had to debate on these debate topics:

Round 1: This house believes that it is morally wrong for companies to base hiring/firing/promotion decisions on info taken from social networking sites
Round 2: This house would place police in schools that protect them
Round 3: This house would not (as the USA) support Israel in a pre-emptive strike on Iraq
Round 4: This house would require companies to have the same environmental and working standards in foreign countries as in their home states
Round 5: This house supports the right of parents of mentally disabled children to medically slow or prevent their physical growth


Final: A zombie infection has broken out, This house believes that it is morally legitimate to kill uninfected humans to increase your own chances of survival.

Heriot-Watt Open 2012

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

The Heriot-Watt Open tournament was held on 24th of March in Scotland. Check out the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house would allow corporations to pay higher salaries to employees who agree not to have children
Round 2: “Info slide for Round 2: The congressional black caucus is a voting block within the US congress, claiming to represent a black voice. / Any black congressman may join, but some Republicans do not; it is dominated by Democrats / It has repeatedly rejected membership applications from non-black congressmen” Motion: This house believes that the congressional black caucus should admit non-black members
Round 3: This house would establish as a norm of international law that reparations should not be paid after wars
Round 4: This house would replace income tax with a tax on wealth
Final: This house believes that the Scottish Government should allow England to vote in the referendum on Scottish Independence

ESU England Mace

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

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

Trinity IV 2014

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

Round 1 motion: THB Feminists Should Condemn the Practice of Monogamy
Round 2 motion: THB Resource-Rich Developing Nations Should Restrict Extraction and Sale of These Resources
Round 3 motion: THBT Japanese Leaders in Visiting the Yasukuni Shrine
Round 4 motion: THB the NAACP should not seek a post-racial society

QF: THBT the state should pay reparations to all female citizens alive during the magdalene laundries

SF & ESL Final: THBT children should be raised to question authority, even at the expense of discipline in the classroom

Final Round Motion: TH refuses to recognize the legitimacy of the state

Cambridge IV 2011

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

Debate motions from the Cambridge IV debate tournament held in 2011

Round 1: This house would allow family members to forcibly commit proven alcoholics and drug addicts to rehabilitation clinics.
Round 2: This house believes that all research organizations should institute codes of conduct that forbid the creation of Strong AI.
Round 3: This house would provide financial assistance to inner city neighborhoods to prevent gentrification
Round 4: This house believes that China should make extracting a full apology for Japan’s War Crimes a top strategic priority
Round 5: This house believes that feminists should not campaign against polygamy in poor countries.
Open QF: This house believes that the use of conscripted soldiers should be a war crime.
ESL SF: This house would take the children of the Amish into care
Open SF: This house regrets the rise of a distinct African American Culture
ESL Final: This house believes that it is morally legitimate for Occupy Movement to use violence to undermine capitalist institutions
Open Final: This house would break up Google’s Search monopoly.

Oxford IV 2005 motions

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

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

Oxford IV 2010 motions

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

Round 1: This House believes that Adoption Agencies that receive state funding should give priority to same sex couples and infertile couples.
Round 2: This House would ban the use of armed combat drones.
Round 3:This House would tax those who use expensive lawyers in order to fund state prosecutors and legal aid.
Round 4:This House would require large online social networks to be controlled democratically by their users.
Round 5:This House would hold the state liable for injuries or deaths due to being homeless.
Semifinal: This House believes that a free market economy does not make the workers free.
Final: This House supports the use of a draft by lottery when engaged in extended military interventions.

Oxford IV 2011

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

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.

King’s College IV, London

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

R1: THBT Bert and Ernie should get married
R2: TH regrets the 2001 Afghanistan invasion
R3: (infoslide explaining that in 10 years it will be possible to send a manned mission to Mars but they won’t be able to return alive) THBT NASA should fund suicide missions to Mars
R4: THBT Governments should not assist in the rebuilding of disaster prone areas
Final: THBT feminist christians should leave the Church of England

Cork IV, Cork, Ireland 2012

Published / by admin / Leave a Comment

R1: THW require prospective parents to obtain parenting licences prior to having children
R3: THW require all news media to graphically depict under-reported armed conflicts
R4: THBT the EU should suspend the membership rights of countries if they elect extremist parties to government (for example, Greece’s Golden Dawn or the UK’s British National Party)
R5: THB artists should not set out to sympathetically portray characters who hold morally repugnant world views
Semi: Context slide: (abbr.) Blind voting means voters indicating a series of preferences of policies, these preferences are only later matched to respective parties. Motion: THW introduce blind voting in national elections
Novice final: THW ban all medical procedures intended to change an individual’s racial appearance
Final: THB the ICC should open an investigation on war crimes in Palestine