WUDC motions

Round 1: Info slide: Mercenaries are soldiers for hire outside of national armed forces. They can be hired either as individuals contracted by a state or through companies offering these services to a state. Motion: This house would allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations.
Round 2: This house would would prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
Round 3: This house believes that all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
Round 4: This house believes that governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents.
Round 5: This house believes the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
Round 6: Info slide: A sunset clause is a legal measure that provides that the law in which it is contained shall expire after a specific date, unless further action is taken to extend it. Motion: This house believes that states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation.
Round 7: This house supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
Round 8: This house believes that the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
Round 9: Info slide: Culpability is a measure of the degree to which a person can be held morally responsible for an offense. Motion: This house believes that that criminal punishments should be based only on the offenders' culpability rather than the damages caused by the criminal act or other outcomes derived from the punishment.

The World Universities Debating Championship 2015 was held in Malaysia this year, and it was a good one. No big problems like we had in the past, and a lot of great debates. Check out the motions from the WUDC 2015 and tell us what you think about them in the comments.

Round 1: This House regrets the decline of tightly integrated families.

Round 2: Infoslide: Climate engineering is a deliberate and large-scale intervention in earth’s climatic system in an effort to combat Global Warming. Climate engineering may take many forms; Examples include, but are not limited to, planting large forests where none previously existed, fertilizing the ocean with iron to dramatically increase the population of algae, and increasing cloud coverage so less sunlight reaches earth’s suface. Motion: This house believes that environmental movements should support climate engineering that fundamentally alters the environment, in an attempt to combat Global Warming.

Round 3: This House believes that in areas of socio-economic deprivation, schools should train students in vocational skills to the exclusion of the Liberal Arts.

Round 4: This House would prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes.

Round 5: This House belives that the international community should cut off internet access in Syria.

Round 6: This House belives that developing countries should adopt economic development policies that heavily disincentivise urbanisation.

Round 7: Infoslide: Over the last decade, scientists have identified a range of chemicals that exist naturally in the brain and shape individuals’ moral behaviour. Significant amounts of research is now being carried out to create “moral enhancement drugs”, which would alter the levels of such chemicals. Such drugs have been shown to increase individuals’ tendencies to display empathy and care for others, to behave in altruistic way, and to resist pressures to act in ways that violate their personal ethical beliefs. Motion: This House would ban the research and production of moral enhancement drugs.

Round 8: This House believes that the United States and the European Union should seek to promote peace by heavily subsidising Israeli businesses who invest in the Palestinian territories.

Round 9: This House, as a medical professional employed by the United States military or security services, would, and would encourage others, to refuse orders to provide medical treatment to individuals undergoing “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”.

Open partial double octofinals: This house would allow corporations to use hackers to retaliate against cyberattacks where the state seems unwilling or unable to do so.
Open Octofinals:
This house believes that disadvantaged groups should emphasise their conformity with, rather than distictiveness from dominant culture; as a strategy for improving their social position.
Open Quarterfinals:
This house regrets the decline of secular pan-Arab nationalism.
Open Semifinals: This house believes that all states should create special economic zones in cities, where all economic activities (except the purchase of goods and services) are carried out by women.
Open Finals: This house believes that humanitarian organisations should and should be allowed to give funding, resources or services ti illegal armed groups when this is made a condition for access to vulnerable civilians.

ESL Finals: This house believes that liberal democracies that overthrow the governments of other states should impose power sharing even when this overrides or delays democratic representation.
ESL Semifinals: This house would severely limit companies ability to replace workers with technology
ESL Quarterfilans: The broken windows theory describes the concept that substantial amounts of petty crime create that increase major crime. Many jurisdictions, including most famously New York State, have introduced policing policies in response; and respond to areas of high crime with substantial increase in police presence, arrest and prosecution rates for petty crime and harsher punishments. Motion: This house believes that the African-American community should oppose "broken windows policies"

EFL Semifinals: This house would ban its citizens from visiting iliberal states whose economies depend on tourism.

Round 1: THW create public housing for the poor in wealthy areas
Round 2: THBT Japan should acquire nuclear weapons
Round 3: THW only imprison individuals who pose a direct and continuing threat to society
Round 4: THBT International development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states
Round 5: THBT self described progressive males of dominant ethnicities are morally obliged to refrain from taking positions of responsibility where there is a qualified alternative candidate from a historically disadvantaged group who would otherwise receive the post
Round 6: THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscience
Round 7: THBT European Union nations should forgive Greece’s sovereign debt
Round 8: THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradable permit to have a child
Round 9: THW ban political parties and require all candidates for national public office to seek election as independents

English as a foreign language (EFL) breaking rounds motions:

Quarter Finals THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
Semi Finals THBT policies that may have significant environmental consequences should be subject to a veto by a 'supreme court' of scientific experts
Final This House welcomes the decline of the USA as the sole global super power.

English as a second language (ESL):

Quarter Finals: THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
Semi Finals: THBT the feminist movement should actively promote norms of stable monogamous relationships
Grand Final: THBT representative democracies with large numbers of foreigners living in their territory (on temporary or permanent basis) should create specific seats to represent them in parliament.

Partial Double Octo Finals THBT universities should never prohibit research or teaching on the grounds of sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory implications

Main break motions:

Octo Finals: THBT the US should cut off military aid to Egypt
Quarter Finals: THW ban all advertising of consumer goods and services
Semi Finals: TBHT the WTO should never allow nations to place export restrictions on food, rare-earth metals, and other non-oil commodities
Grand Final: THW not allow religious communities to expel members on the basis of views or actions that contradict doctrinal teachings

Here are the motions from the WUDC held in Manila in 2012. Tell us how you remember the tournament!

Prelim Rounds:

Round 1: THW make fathers take paternity leave.
Round 2: THW prevent politicians from making fact claims,that, while not technically lies, are substantially misleading voters.
Round 3: THW force large companies who leave an area to pay the costs of any resulting structural unemployment.
Round 4: THW require individuals to use all their wealth beyond USD 5 millions for philanthropic projects.
Round 5: THW require deaf parents to send their kids (whether deaf/hearing) to mainstream schools for their primary & secondary education.
Round 6: TH supports politicians who pass progressive legislation even when it is contrary to the wishes of the democratic electorate.
Round 7: TH supports the free movement of labour worldwide.
Round 8: THW exempt academic disputes from defamation law.
Round 9: THW ban all private healthcare in favour of a comprehensive public healthcare system.

Break Rounds:

Main :
Octo Finals:
THW not allow a single media company to own multiple TV channels or newspapers (whether in print or online)
Quarter Final: THBT "Western" consultants advising dictatorships have a moral duty to sabotage them.
Semi Final: THBT images designed to even slightly sexually attract/aroused viewer should be restricted to specialist adult site/xxx domain.
Final: TH supports nationalism.


English as a second language (ESL):

Quarter Final: THW limit Government ministers' standard of living to that of someone on the current median wage.
Semi Final: In countries with few female politicians, this house believes it is good to have a politically active 'first lady'
Grand Final: THS scientist who fabricate evidence exaggerating certainty of man-made climate change where there is low likelihood of being caught.

English as a foreign language (EFL):

Semi Final: THBT when doctors discover a patient has a STD, they should reveal that information to the patients partner.
Grand Final: ???

Other Motions:

Master R1: THW stop public funding for the post secondary education and use the money to give everyone an equal loathsome payment on their 18th Birthday to use how they see fit.
Adj Test: THW ban all reporting of individual hostage taking.
Public Speaking: Why I debate?
Women's Night Motion: THW only sell porn for women made by women.

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.

Forum discussion and your oppinion about the motions and other issues regarding the WUDC 2014

Rd1: This house believes that national sporting teams should reflect the diversity of the national population
Rd2: This house believes that all states have a right to nuclear weapons
Rd3: This house believes that governments should not provide benefits on the basis of marital status
Rd4: This house believes that central banks should set limits on government spending
Rd5: This wouse would prioritise asylum Seekers who have engaged in armed struggle against oppressive regimes
Rd6: This wouse would allow teachers unions the right to strike
Rd7: This wouse would require individuals to reveal their actual identity when communicating on the internet
Rd8: This house believes that the southern african development community (SADC) should pursue political union
Rd9: This house believes that social movements should use the courts rather than the legislature to advance social change
Octo: This wouse would buy countries votes in nternational organizations
Qtr: This house believes that courts should not enforce wills that discriminate on the basis of race Semi: This house opposes organised religion
Final: This wouse would invade Zimbabwe
EFL Semi: This house supports a one state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
EFL Final: This wouse would give more votes to the poor
ESL Qtr: This house believes that domestic courts should try foreign nationals who commit war crimes abroad
ESL Semi: This wouse would prefer that the children of racial minorities be adopted by parents of that race
ESL Final: This house believes that the courts should break up consistently dominant political parties
Masters Rd1: This wouse would buy local
Masters Final: This house prefers a philosopher King to a tyrannical democracy

WUDC 2010 (Koc, Turkey) Motions Round 1
This house would ban labour unions.

Round 2
This house believes that developing nations should pay for the full tuition of female university students.

Round 3
This house would financially incentivize both inter-faith and inter-ethnic marriages.

Round 4
THW prohibit high-ranking members of the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers from participation in the election.

Round 5
THW abolish taxes on alcohol and cigarettes that go beyond normal sales taxes.

Round 6
THW prosecute communities for complicity in honour killings.

Round 7
THW grant those diagnosed with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing.

Round 8
THW partition Sudan.

Round 9
THW ban all pornography.

EFL Semifinals
This House would use faith based rehabilitation in prison.

EFL Final
This House believes that democratic states should own their own broadcasting corporations.

ESL Quarterfinals
This House would ban any scheme intended to cure homosexuality

ESL Semifinals
This house would allow prisoners to raise their babies behind bars.

ESL Final
This house would prohibit expression that portrays convicted war criminals in a positive light.

Octofinals
This house believes the West should recognise the Dali Lama

Quarterfinals
This house would ban all procedures to alter one's racial appearance.

Semifinals
THB that the United States government should subsidize Twitter to liberalize oppressed societies

Grand Final
THB that the media should show the full horror of war

Final : That this house would allow abortion at all stages of pregnancy
Semi Final: This house believes governments should subsidise private home ownership.
Qtr Final: This house believes that the international criminal court should prosecute crimes against the democratic process.
Octo Final: This house would arm local militia to fight the taliban in Afghanistan.
ESL Final: This house would implement quotas for domestic players in national football leagues.
EFL Final: This house would prohibit all private health care.
Round 9: This house would ban the publication of political opinion polls.
Round 8: This house would apply a lower rate of income tax to women.
Round 7: This house believes that the west should recognise the independence of Abkhazia.
Round 6: This house would criminalise adultery.
Round 5: This house believes that China and India should bear the same obligations as the West in fighting climate change
Round 4: This house would force the religious desegregation of Northern Irish schools.
Round 3: This house would allow soldiers to sue their government for negligence.
Round 2: This house would fire the senior managements of all corporations which receive government bailouts.
Round 1: This house would ban all forms of gambling.
Womens Debate: This house would ban all forms of religious gender discrimination.
Adj Test: This house would allow insurance companies to view genetic test results in assessing potential customers.

Round 8 THB that governments should never rescue failing private industry.

Round 7 This House would assassinate Vladimir Putin.

Round 6 THW subject foreign political contributions to greater restrictions than domestic contributions.

Round 5 This House believes that every criminal defendant should be required to use a government provided defense lawyer.

Round 4 This House believes that the European Union should only direct aid to nations that pursue environmentally sustainable development.

Round 3 THW not allow local government to pay for the relocation of homeless people

Round 2 This House believes that Taiwan should declare independence now

Round 1 This House would allow the use of torture.

All the motions have been taken from the Global debate blog (Tuna)  (didn't ask for permission, but as far as I know Tuna he is not mad at me :D)

ESL SEMIFINALS

Motion: This House would require doctors to report all cases of suspected domestic violence.

ESL FINALS:

The motion:This House believes that the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation of church and state.

OCTOFINALS:

Motion: This House believes that governments in the developing world should invest in sex tourism.

Final This house believes that economic growth is the solution to climate change
Semi Final This house would ban websites that glorify eating disorders
Qtr Final This house believes that people sentenced to life imprisonment should be allowed to choose the death penalty instead
Octo Final This house believes that developing nation should nationalize their energy resources
Round 9 This house would grant citizenship in exchange for military service
Round 8 This house would ban Cosmetic Surgery
Round 7 This house would support regime change in Myanmar/Burma
Round 6 This house would abolish all taxes on inherited wealth
Round 5 This house supports independence for Quebec
Round 4 This house would criminalize the payment of ransom
Round 3 This House supports accelerated land redistribution in South Africa
Round 2 This house believes that the UK should abolish it’s nuclear arsenal
Round 1 This house would ban government funding of religious schools
ESL Final

This house believes that politicians have a right to a private life

ESL Semi This house believes all serious crimes should be trialed by Jury
Masters Final This house supports a 35 hour working week
Masters Round 1 This house would designate one city to permanently host the Olympics
Masters Round 2 This house believes that governments should provide heroin addicts with safe injection facilities
EFL Final
This house would lift sanctions on Iran

Final: That this house would abolish all laws prohibiting cruelty to animals
Semi: This house would prohibit speeches that incite hatred (wording may be incorrect)
Qtr: This House Would permit legislating by citizen initiated referenda
Octo: This House believes that international law should recognise the right of each state to unilaterally undertake armed humanitarian intervention

ESL Final: This House Believes that European Governments should payparents to have children.
ESL Semi: This House would abandon the civilian use of nuclear power.
1 This House Would Grant An Amnesty To All Illegal Immigrants Currently In The United States
2 That This House Believes That The Catholic Church Should Allow The Use Of Condoms In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Africa
3 That This House Believes The West Should End Military Cooperation With Pakistan Until It Holds Free Presidential Elections
4 This House Would Prohibit Women Over The Age Of 45 Years From Undergoing Assisted Human Reproduction
5 This House Would Give Japan A Permanent Seat On The United Nations Security Council
6 This House Would Not Allow Intelligent Design To Be Included In The School Science Curriculum
7 This House Would Recognise A Legally Enforceable Right To A Minimum Standard Of Living
8 This House Supports The Creation Of An Independent State For The Iraqi Kurds
9 This House Supports Indigenous Persons Convicted Of A Crime Being Sentenced By Their Community And Not The Courts

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