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.
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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