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.]
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
The Cicero Debattoernooi debate tournament was held on the 22nd of November 2014 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. The tournament was held in the Dutch language, here are the motions, translated into English
Round 1: This House would grant an additional vote to families with children for national elections
Round 2: You are a doctor. You have a patient of whom it has been commonly assumed that she suffers from epilepsy. This patient spends her spare time in visiting and forming social contacts in epilepsy support groups. A recent medical test showed that she does not suffer from epilepsy after all. Motion: This House would hide the diagnosis of pseudo-epilepsy from the patient
Round 3: This House would submit religious organisations to the full extent of anti-discrimination laws
Round 4: This House would nationalise social media
Round 5: This House would show a more prominent role for women in history books
Novice Final: This House disapproves of movements that aim to further the acceptation of obesity in society
Semi Final: This House would never target civilians in a total war
Final: This House Believes that it is justified for society to demand of migrants that they accept the dominance of existing norms and values
Israeli Nationals in 2012 were held at the MTA College in Israel, June 10-11 2012. Here are the motions
Round 1: This house would compel citizens to vote in national elections
Round 2: This house would exempt from mandatory military service any Hasid who chooses to work rather than study in a Yeshiva
Round 3: This house, which is the Hamas movement, would lay down its arms
Round 4: This house would decriminalize squatting
Round 5: This house would introduce mandatory minimum sentences
Round 6: This house would ban student parties who are backed by national political parties from participating in elections for student unions
Semi: This house would stop providing tactical training and equipment to “neighbourhood watch” groups in Israeli settlements in the West Bank
Final: This house, which is the Iranian regime, would develop nuclear weapons
Round 1: This house believes that inheritance should be taxed at 100%.
Round 2: This house would allow individuals to sell their vote on the market.
Round 3: This house believes that a technocratic state, not a democratic state, produces the best society.
Round 4: This house believes that in a situation where the UK is able to intervene in order to prevent human rights abuses in only some of multiple cases its soldiers should vote to decide which.
Final: This house would not participate in an industry that profits the mental problems of celebrities.
R1: Should prisoners temporarily lose their right to vote?
R2: Should punishment for use of doping be subject to a statute of limitation?
R3: Should people who are in a relationship with an enemy of the constitution (Verfassungsfeinden) be considered enemies of the constitution too?
R4: Should people have the right to erase/block the autocomplete for their names in search engines?
R5: Should James Bond retire?
Semi: Should citizens be forced to borrow money to the state in times of crisis? (Should it become mandatory for citizens)
Final: Should corporate sponsorship of dangerous (life-threatening) sports and stunts?