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Bali UADC 2015

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Round 1: Development
This house believes that development aid should be made conditional on poor countries aggressively pursuing population control In the pursuit of promoting development,
This house believes that development aid should come with zero interest
This house would impose an extremely high ownership fee on vehicle ownership (200%-300%) in developing countries

Round 2: Women
This house believes that governments of conservative societies should financially incentivize men to be house-husbands
This house, as a woman, would vote for Hillary Clinton
In order to address the wage gap, This house would impose a higher income tax on men

Round 3: International Law
This house believes that states should hold periodic elections for their local governments where people can vote to permanently secede
This house would allow the owners of IP rights to sue governments where those IP rights are widely infringed upon within their countries
This house believes that trials involving crimes against humanity should continue despite the death of the accused

Round 4: Technology
This house would nationalise all internet search engines (e.g. Google Search)
This house would not recognise a right to be forgotten online
This house believes that first world countries should criminalise mere access to the deep web
(Definition: The deep web is the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines and typically contains illegal or subversive content.)

Round 5: Economics
Thio house would only allow people to obtain credit credits if they exceed the average national income per person
This house supports the use of economic terrorism to fight against unfair trade practices of large nations, such as currency manipulation and trade-distorting subsidies
(Definition: Economic terrorism is an attempt by a non-state actor of a coordinated destabilisation, in order to disrupt the economic and financial stability of a state, including but not limited to, aggressive market tactics, hoarding dollar reserves for currency manipulation and physical attacks to ports.)
This house believes that EU nations should abandon austerity measures in favour of deficit-spending

Round 6: Refugees
This house would give automatically grant refugees citizenship; if the conflict they are escaping from continues for an equal amount of time it takes for a person to acquire citizenship in the sheltering nation
This house believes that people who consented to be smuggled across borders but arelater trafficked, should be considered as illegal immigrants, rather than as victims
This house supports Australia paying developing countries (e.g. Cambodia, Papua New Guinea) to take in its refugees

Round 7: Geo-politics
This house believes that the Philippines should waive its claim over Sabah in exchange for Malaysia supporting the Spratly Islands case against China
This house believes that India should give military aid to Pakistan to assist in the war on terror
Assuming feasibility, This house would relocate Palestine

Round 8: Social Liberties
This house believes that Western Liberal Democracies should not allow drawing competitions of the Prophet Muhammad.
This house would make labour union membership mandatory
This house prefers using referendums instead of the courts in deciding the legality of civil rights

Open Pre-Octofinals: Environment
This house, as an environmental activist, would not engage in carbon offsetting
(Definition: Carbon offsetting is when a person attempts to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases in order to compensate for their own carbon-heavy emission.)
This house would ban any speech and publication denying man-made climate change
This house regrets fossil fuel divestment campaign
(Definition: Divestment campaign is a movement to lobby for people to refrain from investing OR for holders of stocks, bonds, or investment funds to sell their shares in fossil fuel companies)

Open Octofinals: Languages & Symbols
This house would ban all historically discriminatory words
This house regrets the prevalence of battlefield metaphor in describing the condition of individuals with cancer; such as cancer survivor, fighting cancer and lost the battle to cancer
This house believes that the disability rights movement should exploit rather than oppose “inspiration porn”
(Definition: “Inspiration porn” is any picture, video, meme, or feel-good article that displays a person with a disability doing an ordinary activity – such as playing, talking, or walking – and hailing such activity as inspiring.)

Open Quarterfinals & EFL Pre-Quarterfinals: LGBT
This house believes that the state should pay reparations to homosexuals after it recognises marriage equality
This house would not publish the names of donors to ballot initiatives, such as Proposition 8
This house regrets granting the ESPY Courage Award to Caitlyn Jenner
(Context: Caitlyn Jenner is a transgender who was born biologically male. She was formerly known as Bruce Jenner, a former Olympian athlete and a reality show celebrity in “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”.)

EFL Quarters: Elections
This house would ban all forms of election-related polls, such as election forecasts and public opinion polls
This house believes that states should not allow individuals with dual citizenship to vote in either of their national elections, unless they give up one of their citizenship status
This house would mandate a quota of seats for young politicians (i.e. 18 to 30 year-olds) in the Parliament

Open Semifinals & EFL Semifinals: Philosophistication
Given the trolley problem, This house would not do anything
(Definition: The “trolley problem” is a thought experiment in ethics. The general form of problem is the following: There is a runaway trolley speeding down the railway. Ahead, the trolley is heading towards five people tied up and it will end up killing them. Next to you, there is a lever that allows you to switch the track that the trolley is on to a track that will kill one person only. Do you pull the lever or not do anything?)
This house would allow the enforcement of “moral agreements” between private citizens, including the mutual agreement on the punishment administered
Assuming the technology exists, This house would forcibly return his memories
(Situation: A man who is married with two kids is living a happy life. He got into a terrible accident while alone on vacation, suffered from permanent amnesia and goes missing. Subsequently, he has established a new life and is happily living with his new family. A friend has discovered him and offered to re-introduce him to his old life. He refuses to return to his old life.)

EFL Finals: Religion
This house believes that secular democracies with substantial religious communities should not allow a separate legal system for those communities (e.g. Syariah Law, Canon Law)
This house would recognise religious indoctrination as a mitigating factor in criminal sentencing
This house, as the atheist community, will not support Dawkin’s “God Delusion” publication
(Context: Richard Dawkin’s best-selling “The God Delusion” book sets out to prove that God does not exist and a personal belief in God qualifies as a delusion and an insanity.)

Grand Finals: Social Construct
This house believes that Western governments should cease their efforts to universalise liberal values
This house regrets the norm of prospective parents actively choosing to have a biological child rather than adopt
This house prefers a world without any conception of gender over a world with a conception of gender identities

Durham Open 2014

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Durham Open tournament was held in Durham on the  8-9 November 2014. Here are the motions that were debated in the 5 elimination rounds and the Semis, and finals:

Round 1: This house would ban religious organizations from providing rehabilitation services to drug and alcohol addicts.
Round 2: This house believes that democracies should extend voting rights to migrant workers.
Round 3: This house, as a feminist, would oppose products marketed to help women protect themselves from date rape.
[Info slide – Undercover Color are a company that are developing a nail-varnish that changes colour in the presence of date-rape drugs such as GHB and Rohypnol. Many bars provide bottle toppers such as ‘the Spikey Bottle Topper’ that encourage customers to protect their drinks.]
Round 4: This house believes that Arab-Israelis who successfully seek election to the Knesset should opt not to take up that seat. [Info slide – The Knesset has 120 seats. 12 seats are taken up by Arab-Israelis, who are divided into six parties.]
Round 5: This house believes that the state should construct false historical narratives that promote social cohesion (e.g. racial and religious tolerance)
Semi-Final: This house believes that true women’s liberation is incompatible with the existence of organized religion.
Novice Final: There is a potion which can stop you falling in love. This house, as an 18 year old, would take the potion.
Open Final: This house believes that FB should manipulate users’ newsfeeds in order to promote progressive content. [Info slide – In the past few years Facebook has engaged in a series of experiments manipulating the content that users are exposed to (e.g. skewing news feeds to show more happy/sad posts, showing or hiding posts about having voted) to determine whether this can have an effect on user’s actions/attitudes. In 2012, Facebook modified newsfeeds to test the effect of exposure to news articles about the upcoming elections, and whether it increased or decreased voter turnout. Research data suggests that these methods are effective at increasing voter turnout.]

Westminster Open 2014

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This debate tournament was held between December 6th and 7th 2014. If you look through the motions that were debated, you can see there are a couple of complicated motions, some of them needed an info slide, but most of them were something new and interesting. Here are the motions:

Round 1: This house would base monetary criminal fines primarily on the income of the perpetrator rather than the severity of the crime
Round 2: This house believes that the EU should abandon its commitment to the principle of open borders between member states.
Round 3 info video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkjW9PZBRfk (1:10 to 2:00)
Round 3: This house believes that feminists should support the HeForShe movement.
Round 4 info slide: The Association of South East Asian Nations (also known as ASEAN) consists of the following countries; Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Its aim is to accelerate economic growth, social progress and peace and stability within the region. Motion: This house believes it is in ASEAN’s long term best interests to seek closer ties with China rather than the U.S.A.
Round 5 info slide: John Lennon freely admitted in multiple interviews to committing acts of domestic abuse. Jimmy Page has admitted on multiple occasions that he was in a relationship with a 14 year old girl. Motion: This house believes that the music press should aggressively negatively depict the work of artists, such as John Lennon and Jimmy Page who commit morally reprehensible acts.
Novice Final info slide: To proselytise is to induce someone to convert to one’s own religious faith. Novice Final Motion: This house would ban religious charities from proselytising in the developing world.
Semi-Final: This house supports the decision of pop stars such as Lily Allen and Adele to not take part in Band Aid
Final: This house would grant an amnesty to those who commit crimes during US race riots so long as they meet the following criteria: 1. They were motivated by a desire to fight social injustice 2. If property is targeted, it belongs to the aparatus of the state (for example, police cares and government buildings

Budapest Open 2014

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The Budapest Open is a fairly new tournament, but it has been organised great, and had a lot of participants from the Native countries (Vermont, New York etc.) and it is getting more and more important. In 2014 it was held on 28th February – 2nd March.

Round 1: This house would Prohibit Religious Organisations from Speaking out against Homosexuality
Round 2: This house believes that states should take active measures to limit the spread of American pop culture
Round 3: This house believes that it is in Russia’s interest to annex the Crimea
Round 4: This house believes that the Black Rights Movement should oppose the appropriation of the Confederate flag by black public figures.
Round 5: Info Slide: Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries a child for another person or couple. This house believes that that developing countries should support commercial surrogacy. 
Semifinal: This house opposes sympathizing and humanizing portrayals of nazi soldiers in popular media.
Final: This house would Suspend Elections in Countries with very high levels of Government Debt

Vienna IV 2012

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The Vienna IV 2012 in Austria was held on the weekend ob the 9th and 11th March 2012. Here are the motions:

R1: THW introduce mandatory trips to Nazi concentration camps for Austrian elementary school students.

R2: This House supports the use of charity rather than state welfare systems.
R3: This House believes that Russia was justified in vetoing intervention in Syria.
R4: This House believes that Facebook is justified to censor any of its users’ content for any reason it sees fit.
R5: This House supports the appointment of technocratic governments in Eurozone countries suffering fiscal crisis.
R6: THB the Israeli Army should adopt a policy of shooting to kill their own comrades where they are likely to be captured.
Semi: THBT EU countries should promote Christianity and not other religions.
Final: Given the ability to carry a full term pregnancy in an incubator. THBT humankind should seek to abolish natural pregnancy.

Cardiff IV 2012

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The motions from  the tournament Cardiff IV in 2012, that was held on February 11th 2012:

Round 1: This house would create a separate league for athletes who choose to take performance enhancing substances.
Round 2: This house would require all video games that ostensibly depict realistic combat to adhere to the rules of war
Round 3: This house would abolish the concept of limited liability
Round 4: This house would create a separate state where all women and only women can claim citizenship
Final: Context: You are a young man in Galilee about 2000 years ago. You are charismatic and clever. You have the ability to gain a devoted following. People believe you are the son of God and are able to perform a number of miracles, like food-multiplication and healing. Motion: This house would use the influences gained from these abilities and beliefs to propagate socialist values that are justified through faith.

Irish Mace Debates Round 2 2012

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The Irish Mace Round 2 in 2012 was held from January 24th till February 4th. Here are the motions:

Heat One: THW remove all hate speech laws
Heat Two: THW allow “religious duty/compulsion” as a mitigating defense for crimes
Heat Three: THW ban media reporting on violent crimes
Heat Four: THW hold parents responsible for the crimes of their kids
Heat Five: THW make rehabilitation the sole criteria for releasing criminals from prison
Heat Six: THW ban works of literature/film/music that glorify criminality
Heat Seven: THW compel priests to report a crime which they learn of through confession
Heat Eight: TTHW abolish the practice of plea bargaining
Heat Nine:: THW end the use of prisons
Heat Ten: THW, in countries where the death penalty is in use, not allow anyone to watch the execution
Heat Eleven: THW take socio-economic background into account when sentencing criminals
Heat Twelve: TTHW prosecute domestic violence without the consent of the victim
Heat Thirteen: THBT post-revolution states should delegate all trials and sentencing of former rulers and high ranking officials to the international community
Heat Fourteen: THW Elect its Judges Democratically
Heat Fifteen: THW publish a list of convicted sex offenders
Heat Sixteen: THW ban alcohol

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

King’s College IV, London

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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

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