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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.

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

HSE Open 2012

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The HSE open debate tournament in 2012 was held in Moscow, April 7-8. The motions:

Round 1: This house believes that all teachers should openly declare their sexuality to their pupils
Round 2: This house would set legally binding minimal physical parameters for fashion models
Round 3: This house would treat cyber attacks as acts of war
Round 4: This house would legalize all drugs
Round 5: This house would not use public money on life-extending medical care for people over a certain age
Semi: This house believes that change comes through molotov cocktails, not with a voting ballot
Final: In the case where human space exploration efforts locate an inhabitable planet, This house believes that the settlers of that planet should construct a society without private property

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.

Moscow Open 2011

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Here are the motions from the Moscow Open 2011 tournament, held on November 26th and 27th in Moscow, Russia.

Round 1: This house would ban the smacking of children
Round 2: This house believes that one party’s maximum share in the parliament should be limited to 50% + 1 place
Round 3: This house believes that eurozone countries that are in danger of default should be forced to give up control over taxation and budget spending in addition to receiving a bail-out.
Round 4: This house believes that legislators should not take the will of the people into consideration, when the reason behind it is religious
Round 5: This house believes that countries should use political leverage to influence judicial proceedings involving their citizens in other countries.
Semi-final: This house believes that Russia along with the EU & US should implement a complete trade ban with Iran
Final: This house believes that society would be better if the primary duty of companies were to their workers and not to their shareholders

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

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

Random debate topics by Tuna

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This list of the debate topics was provided by the University of Vermont debate trainer Alfred C. Snider on the IDAS 2007 CD. Im publishing it to give you insight into what other topics you can use. Thanks Tuna.

This house would abolish student Grants

This house believes that the Olympic ideal is dead

This house favors compusory aids testing

This house favors genetic engineering

This house would give Russia back to the Communists

This house would permit Gay couples to adopt

This house believes that the private lives of public figures should remain private

This house would genetically engineer farm animals

This house believes that democracy has failed the third world

This house would ban boxing

This house would support the public funding of political parties

This house would legalize soft drugs

This house has lost confidence in the Catholic Church

This house believes that the values of western cicilization cannot meet the challenges of the mored age

Thois house demands a right to privacy 

This house believes that women should get an equal position in war with men

This house believes that genetic engineering triggers more harm than good 

This house believes that morals and science do not mix

This house will practice direct democracy

This house believes that we should be our own censors

This house believes that TV does more harm than good