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Colgate debate Open 2014

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Round 1: This house would ban private sponsorship of police.
Round 2:
This house regrets the rise of anti-hero in media
Round 3:
This house believes that US foreign policy should prioritize the protection of minority rights over the support of democracy.
Round 4:
This house would campaign for the increased sexualization of men in the media rather than campaign against sexualization of women
Round 5: This house would prohibit the media from reporting on the private lives of any person without their explicit permission

Quarters motion: This house believes that Putin’s actions towards Ukraine have been in the best interest of Russia
Novice final: This house would ban all forms of advertising that go beyond a description of what a product is and what it hopes to accomplish
Semi Final: This house prefers a society where the rich feel negative exuberance to one where the poor do
Finals: This house believes that secular governments should actively censor those sections of religious texts that either constitute hate speech or propagate negative attitudes to other religious/ethnic groups.

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.

SSE Riga IV 2011

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Round 1: THBT Western nations should make development aid conditional on the protection of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) rights.
Round 2: THBT governments should lie to their populations in time of economic crisis, where the lies are deemed likely to improve the economy.
Round 3: THW make any language which is spoken by at least 5% of the population an official state language and offer all state service in that language.
Round 4: THBT the US military should destroy Iran’s nuclear program.
Round 5: THW require all media aimed at children to undermine traditional gender roles
SemiFinal: THW make the US pay reparations to its Muslim citizens.
Final: THBT the time for the United States of Europe has come.

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

KNC 2008

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Round 1: Korea
THBT Korea should priortize China over the US in diplomatic relations.
THW nationalize the tele-communications industry.
THW exclude Soju from the list of essential items announced by the Korean government to monitor inflation.

Round 2: Social Contract
1. THBT all democratic governments should abandon laws which allow prosecution of citizens for insulting their nations.
2. THBT government should not financially profit from its citizens¡¯ sins.
3. THW limit civilian use of guns in America.

Round 3: Human Body
1. THW allow commercial surrogate motherhood.
2. THW give prisoners with a life sentence the right to choose the death penalty.
3. THW chemically castrate pedophiles.

Round 4: Ideology
1. THBT socialism in Latin America has done more harm than good.
2. THBT authoritarian regimes are justifiable in developing nations.
3. THBT feminism has not contributed to the well-being of women in the world.

Round 5: International Institutions
1. THW limit the number of times United Nations Security Council members can veto.
2. THBT democracy should be the condition for debt relief for African nations.
3. THBT it is legitimate to use aid to buy votes in international organizations.

(Rookie Final): Cute Animals
1. THW ban fur imports from developing nations. (debated)
2. THBT zoos bring more benefits than harms to society.
3. THW allow the police to shoot poachers.

(EFL Final): Celebrities¡¦ on the spotlight!!!
1. THBT paparazzi are beneficial for celebrities.
2. TH supports celebrities entering politics.
3. THBT celebrities should not adopt children from developing nations. (debated)

Quarter: Elections
1. THW repudiate the democratic election in Bhutan.
2. THW discourage women in Pakistan from casting ballots in order to protect their lives.
3. THW place a cap on the spending of candidates during election campaigns.

Semi: Greater Asia
1. THBT China¡¯s quest for raw materials from developing nations/rogue regimes is detrimental to the world.
2. THW pressure India to open its border to accept Tibetan exiles.
3. THBT the Kurds are better off without a Kurdish state.

Final: Law and Justice
1. THBT civil disobedience is essential to democracy. (debated)
2. THW abolish the use of insanity as a legal defense.
3. THW require doctors to report minors with HIV to their parents regardless of patients¡¯ consent.

WUDC 2014 Chennai motions

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Round 1: This house believes that the United States of America should fund moderate Madrassas (schools of Islamic study) throughout the Islamic world
Round 2: This house would allow first-time offenders to, with the consent of the victims, pay compensation to them in place of a prison sentence
Round 3: This house regrets the rise of a ‘hookup culture’ (one which accepts and encourages casual sexual encounters focused on physical pleasure, without necessarily including emotional bonding)
Round 4: This house believes that developing countries should ban members of political dynasties from standing for elected office
Round 5: This house believes that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the interests of the small and medium-sized negotiating countries. Info slide:
– A number of countries are currently negotiating to establish the world’s largest free trade area by comprehensively liberalising trade in the Asia-Pacific region.
– This proposed agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would include the following countries: United States, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zeland, Peru and Brunei.
– China is NOT included in these negotiations.
Round 6: This house would make the receipt of welfare payments to raise children conditional on the use of long-term, but reversible, contraception
Round 7: This house believes that government agencies that regulate drugs should only test whether a drug is safe, not whether it is effective, before approving it for public use. Info slide: Generally, government agencies, responsible for regulating drugs (for example the Food and Drug Administration, or the European Medicines Agency) rewuire that a new drug pass two different tests before being approved for public use. These seperate tests asses whether a drug is:
– First, “safe”, does the drug pose an unacceptable health risk?
– Second, “effective”, does the drug do what it claims to do?
Round 8: This house believes that NATO should unconditionally offer membership to the states of the former Soviet Union, excluding Russia
Round 9: This house regrets the commodification of indigenous cultures

EFL Semi-Finals This house believes that the gay rights movement should abandon the claim that sexuality is not a choice
EFL Final This house believes that multinational companies should be liable for human rights abuses that occur anywhere in their supply chain

ESL Quarter-Finals This house would remove all copyright protection for material deemed to be morally objectionable
ESL Semi-Finals This house believes that Pope Francis should publicly encourage Catholics to support radically redistributive government policies
ESL Grand Final This house would allow countries to pay other countries to settle asylum-seekers who reach their borders

Open Partial Double Octo-Finals This house would abolish gated communities in the developing world
Open Octo-Finals This house believes that Japan should shame its soldiers who participated in WWII, including those who did not commit war crimes themselves
Open Quarter-Finals This house would auction off the long-term right to govern bankrupt cities for profit
Open Semi-Finals This house believes that women should reject practices that alter the appearance of their genitalia, such as waxing and labiaplasty
Open Grand Final: This house believes that India should adoptaggressive free market policies.

Masters’ Round 1 This house believes that the feminist movement should actively fight to liberate men from their prescribed gender roles
Masters’ Round 2 This house would redraw the borders of Africa
Masters’ Grand Final: This House would never categorize people on their race.

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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, 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.

John Smith Memorial Mace, Irish Leg 2012

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Heat 1, 2, 3: THW create a permanent seat for the Travelling Community in the Dáil.
Heat 4, 5, 6: THW create a constituency for the Irish abroad.
Heat 7, 8, 9: THW allow Asylum Seekers to work.
Heat 10, 11, 12: THW compel parents to take equal paternity and maternity leave.
Heat 13, 14, 15: THW require the unemployed to participate in community work to be eligible for social welfare.
Heat 16, 17, 18: THW re-introduce the punishment of banishment for serious crimes.
Heat 19, 20, 21: THW grant the police the ability to stop and search without reasonable suspicion in designated areas and times.
Heat 22, 23, 24: THB the US Federal Government should continue to enforce the national prohibition on drugs in states which legalise the personal use of cannabis.

EUDC 2012 Belgrade motions

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R1: THB parents should choose not to send their children to private school.
R2: THBT First Nations’ Peoples (e.g. Native Americans) who live in geographically separate areas should be given complete autonomous govt.
R3: THBT the music industry should not facilitate the comebacks of artists who committed violent crimes.
R4: THBT the Mexican government should remove all limits on law enforcement and the military in the fight against organised crime.
R5: THBT the ECB should unconditionally buy significant amounts of government debt from struggling Eurozone countries
R6: THW limit the amount that can be spent by corporations in any one course of litigation
R7: THW require the military to recruit solders in direct proportion to the socioeconomic make up of their country.
R8: THBT the Palestinians should accept complete demilitarisation in returned for a guaranteed sovereign state.
R9: THW allow anyone to take up residence in any country, provided that they will not be an economic burden on that country.

ESL Quarters: THS life sentence without parole for serial re-offenders
ESL Semis: TH believes that militaries in newly democratised arab states should act as guardians of secularism
ESL Final: THW retrospectively remove all amnesty granted to those who committed crimes as part of oppressive regimes.

Main QF: THBT Republika Srpska should secede from BIH.
Main Semis: THB schools should aggressively stream students according to their ability from a young age.
Main Final: THW amend the US constitution to prohibit any involvement by religious organizations in the electoral process