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Oxford IV 2014

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Here are the motions from the Oxford IV debate tournament, held on the 14-16 of November 2014.

Round 1: This house believes that in order for a law to be enacted, it should have to be passed by the legislature and then by a body chosen at random from eligible voters.
Round 2: This house believes that press agencies should not purchase or publish the work of freelance war reporters.
Round 3: This house believes the EU should suspend Hungary’s membership rights.
Round 4: This house, as the gay community, regrets the existence of Grindr
Round 5: This house would deny public funding to parties with explicitly ethnic-based membership or platforms

Oxford Women’s Open 2012

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Round 1: This house belives that religious organisations should be subject to all aspects of civilian law (including, but not limited to: employment practice, adoption policy,…)
Round 2: This house would require military training to include extensive ethical and philosophical study
Round 3: This house would vote Republican
Round 4: This house would legalise S&M
Round 5: This house believes it is legitimate to use violence to defend private property
SemiFinal: This house as the UN, would use only private military companies for peace keeping operations
Final: This house would raise its child without gender

Oxford IV 2006

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Round 1: This house would grant anonymity to sex offenders.
Round 2: This house would allow the UN to hire mercenaries.
Round 3: This house would support all forms of child labour.
Round 4: This house would make Malta’s continued membership of the EU conditional to legalising divorce.
Round 5: This house believes that the US should sell a missile defence shield to Taiwan.

Oxford IV 2001

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Round 1: This house believes in the right to euthanasia.
Round 2: This house prefers the moral foreign policy to the principle of neutrality.
Round 3: This house would keep religious and secular education separate.
Round 4: This house believes that upholding the rights of refugees constitutes an unrealistic burden on the state.
Round 5: This house would renationalise its public services.
SemiFinal: This house would temper the right to privacy.
GrandFinal: This house supports the right of self-determination for indigenous peoples.

Oxford IV 2003 motions

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“This House Believes that Politicians should Give Up the Gun Before Being Elected”

“This House Believes that the WTO should Have an Environmental Conscience”

“This House Would Criminalise Tobacco Smoking”

“This House Would Introduce Measures to Promote Women in Government”

“This House Believes that Social Security is a Fundamental Human Right”.

Oxford IV 2005 motions

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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 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!

Oxford IV 2010 motions

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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

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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.

Oxford IV, Oxford 2013

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Round 1 motion: THW provide mobile teachers for the compulsory education of the children of travelling communities (e.g. Roma and Irish Traveller)
Round 2 motion: THBT developed economies should collectively agree to impose radically redistributive tax codes
Round 3 motion: THW ban the gender testing of athletes in sports
Round 4 motion: THW require major polluters to open their borders to environmental refugees
Round 5 motion: THBT national war memorials should commemorate the casualties on all sides of the conflict
Novice Final: THBT when courts sentence offenders, they should give considerable weight to the views of the victims
Quarter: THW, as a liberal democracy, restrict coverage of small-scale terrorist attacks
ESL Semi: THBT political parties should adopt non-hierarchical organisational structures
Semi: THBT identity-based social movements should not include in their movements allies who are not part of the identity group in question
ESL Final: THBT liberal democracies should cut all economic and military ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Final: THBT the United States should dissolve its offensive military capabilities

If you are looking for other Oxford IV motions, here are the 2004, 2007, 2008 or 2012 motions.