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Mediterranean Universities Debating Championships 2012

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The Mediterranean Universities Debating Championships in 2012 were held at the  Koc University in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 29 – August 3.

Round 1: This house believes the state should send all underage overweight children to a summer far camp
Round 2: This house believes that all EU countries should set the bar of entry to their parliament in such a way that would ensure a two party system
Round 3: This house believes that Amercia is justified in keeping the Second Amendment
Round 4: You are a western reporter covering the Middle East. You received indisputable and ex
clusive evidence that Israel is about to launch an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities in the next 24 hours. This house would not publish the story
Round 5: This house believes Turkey should abandon all efforts to join the EU
Round 6: You are a CEO of a major clothing company and currently pay workers in your factory 1 dollar a day. You are presented with a plan that would give your employees a dignified living wage. This would significantly increase production costs but would not put you out of business. This house would implement the plan.
Round 7: This house believes that posing for Playboy is immoral
Semi: This house would heavily incentivise Bosnians, Croats and Serbs in Bosnia and Hercegovina that move to areas where dominant ethnicity is other than their own
Final: Given the technology, This house would burn obedience to criminal law in the brains of all humans

German Language Championships 2012

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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

Vienna IV 2014

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Debate motions from the Vienna IV 2014, held in Vienna, Austria, on 7th to 9th March, 2014.  

Round 1: This house believes that non-governmental organizations (NGOs)/charities should reject sponsorship from companies who do not act in accordance with the organizations’ aims.
Round 2:
  In situations where it is not possible to achieve bot aims and the decision is with the doctor, This House Believes That doctors should prioritise prolonging life over the quality of that life. 
Round 3: This house believes that Vienna should devote Ottakring to immigrants from Eastern Europe (i.e. an Eastern European “China town”)
Round 4: This house believes that the US and the EU should support a Russian annexation of Crimea in exchange for an otherwise independant Ukraine.
Round 5: Info slide: The “Thirst Games” is a Reality TV show in which contestants compete against each other and battle to the death. The games continue until only one contestant remains alive, and that person wins fame, glory and riches. Motion: With knowledge + consent, this house would allow citizens to participate in ‘Thirst Games’.
Round 6: This house supports nations marketing themselves as destinations for “good time tourism”

QarterFinal: Given a machine that can predict a person’s life 95% accurately, This house would not use it
Semi Final: This house believes that media aimed at children should reject the “happily ever after” model and show a more realistic picture.
Final: This house believes that no state, in any situation, has the right to demand, encourage or promote its citizen to fight or die for their country.

Estonia open 2012

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The Estonia open was held in Tallin, Estonia on April 19-22 2012. Here are the motions that were debated:

Round 1: This house would abandon the single European monetary currency
Round 2: This house condems racially provocative art
Round 3: This house would defend Anders Breivik
Round 4: This house would choose only non religious soldiers to serve in international conflicts
Round 5: This house would only teach gender neutral pronouns in school
Semi: This house believes that current Generation Germans should not pay taxes or any other form of reparations for Nazi atrocities
Final: This house would reject a Western conception of property rights in favour of collective ownership.

Aberdeen Open

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Round 1: This house believes that the Gay Rights Movement Should Campaign For The Abolition of Marriage, Rather Than Marriage Equality
Round 2: This house believes that the UK Should Leave The EU
Round 3: Info Slide: Scientific research has found evidence that a particular race has an increased genetic risk of developing psychiatric disorders. This house believes that Journals Should Not Publish The Research
Round 4: This house believes that The Image Of Female Sexuality Depicted By Female RnB Artists In Songs Like, But Not Limited To, Rihanna’s Rude Boy Are Empowering.
Final: This house believes that It Is Immoral To Vote Republican

Paris Centrale IV

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The Paris Centrale IV debate tournament was held in Paris, on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011. Here are the motions:

Round 1: THBT parenthood should be by license only
Round 2: THBT states should actively try to break down internet censorship of foreign regimes
Round 3: THBT gay professional sportspeople have a duty to come out
Round 4: THBT the European Union should have direct powers of taxation
Round 5: THW legalize opium production in Afghanistan
Semi-final: THBT serial marital infidelity should be a bar to seeking high political office
Final: THW partition Belgium

ESU England Mace

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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

EU-China Youth Debate Tournament

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Motions from the European Union – China youth debate tournament, held in Beijing, held on September from 23rd to 28th.

Round 1: THBT EU membership should not be determined on the basis of geographic criteria
Round 2: THBT media company owners have the right to influence the nature of news
Round 3: THBT China should abolish the “Gaokao” in favour of allowing universities to establish their own (admission) criteria
Round 4: THBT during riots it is legitimate for governments to deny access to social networks
QuarterFinal: THBT a Chinese Marshall Plan should be initiated to save the Euro
SemiFinal: THW demand international corporations operating in China to uphold the same environmental standards required in their home country
Final: THBT Mandarin should be taught as the primary second language in all EU schools

Oxford IV 2009

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Round 1: This house would allow deaf couples to use medical technology to ensure they have deaf offsprings.
Round 2: This house would welcome a European superstate.
Round 3: This house would redirect all state art funding for reproduction of classic works of art into new works of art.
Round 4: This house would give the UN Secretary General the power to unilaterally send peacekeepers into regions that are beyond the effective control of their governments.
Round 5: This house would abolish patents and replace them with government funded awards in recognition of R&D.
Round 6: This house believes that universities should not license societies that define themselves by gender, race nationalhood or sexuality.

If you know the semis and final motions, it would be great if you could leave them in the comments. Thanks!

Moscow Open, Moscow, Russia

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R1: THBT citizens have no moral obligation to obey laws which they personally believe may be unjust
R2: TH supports direct elections of governors in Russia
R3: THW only allow pornography produced and directed by Women
R4: THBT consumer electronics firms should not be allowed to patent technologies which are not essential to the working of their product
R5: TH, as Germany, would leave the EU
Semi: THW remove all special legal privileges from religious organisations
Final: THBT Russia should immediately withdraw all support from the Assad regime