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Date Tournament Round Motion
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV 1 This house regrets Disney's use of indigenous characters and settings in their films
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV 2 This house believes that pro-remain political parties and campaign groups should launch a class action suit against prominent members of the Leave campaign for Fraud
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV 3 This house believes that the Trump administration should abandon the One-China policy
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV 4 In post conflict societies, This house would grant amnesty to perpetrators of crimes rather than seeking prosecutions
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV 5 This house would make membership of Trade Unions compulsory
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV Open_Quarters This house would ban organisations from promoting abstinence
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV Open_Semis This house regrets the inclusion of the People's Mobilization Forces in the war against the Islamic State
2016-12-10 Birmingham IV Open_Final This house believes that Eastern European states should destroy monuments from their Soviet Union period
2016-12-10 Riga IV 1 THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
2016-12-10 Riga IV 2 THBT search engines should deprioritise search or autocomplete results with sexist, racist or otherwise offensive content
2016-12-10 Riga IV 3 TH regrets the promotion of religion in countries formerly ruled by communist regimes in Eastern Europe
2016-12-10 Riga IV 4 THBT the US should abandon all military support for and impose economic sanctions on the Philippines
2016-12-10 Riga IV 5 THBT the governments of Brazil and Peru should contact uncontacted Amazonian tribes
2016-12-10 Riga IV Novice_Final TH supports the use of referendums when deciding whether to permit same sex marriage
2016-12-10 Riga IV Open_Partial_Quarters THBT governments in the developing world should limit migration to megacities
2016-12-10 Riga IV Open_Semis THBT Italy should have voted ‘si’ in last week’s referendum on constitutional reform
2016-12-10 Riga IV Open_Final TH supports the demolition of makeshift refugee camps on the borders between European countries e.g. The Calais Jungle in France, The Idomeni Camp in Greece
2016-12-03 Sheffield IV 2016 1 THR the existence of religious political parties
2016-12-03 Sheffield IV 2016 2 THBT the state should not fund blueskies research
2016-12-03 Sheffield IV 2016 3 TH opposes the popularisation of BDSM
2016-12-03 Sheffield IV 2016 4 THBT using Human Shield tactics, by the weaker side, is legitimate in asymmetrical wars
2016-12-03 Sheffield IV 2016 Open_Semis THBT individuals should only fund charities that follow effective altruism
2016-12-03 Sheffield IV 2016 Open_Final THW prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 1 THW Give Extra Votes to Individuals who Live in Areas with Consistently Low Voter Turnout
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 2 This House Believes That the state should pay a salary to stay-at-home parents
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 3 Given the existence of "SASP Glasses" technology, This House Would ban them.
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 4 This House Believes That western tech companies should collectively refuse to comply with the Russian personal information law
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 5 This House Believes That developed nations should not recruit high-skilled workers (Such as doctors, engineers, etc.) from developing countries
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 Open_Semis Given the ability to accurately measure the moral track record of a person, This House Would criminalize having a consistently negative moral track record
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 Open_Final This House Believes that the Election of Donald Trump Serves the Interests of Russian Citizens
2016-11-25 Cork IV 1 This House Believes That teachers should contradict curriculum that they believe will be harmful to society
2016-11-25 Cork IV 2 This House Believes That feminists should actively adopt stereotypically "male" traits (such as being assertive, emotionally distant, "man-spreading" etc.)
2016-11-25 Cork IV 3 This House Would never offer a reduced sentence in return for information relating to other crimes
2016-11-25 Cork IV 4 This House, as the Catholic Church, would sell all wealth (including, but not limited to, art, property, and religious artefacts) to the highest bidder and donate the profit to the alleviation of poverty
2016-11-25 Cork IV 5 This House Would give the African Union passport to all citizens of African Union member states
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV 1 THW allow plaintiffs to sell to third parties their right to sue.
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV 2 THR the prominence given to celebrity endorsements of politicians and political parties
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV 3 THW apply an environmental tax to cheap mass-produced clothing
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV 4 TH, as a female visitor to WestWorld, would choose to wear a black hat.
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV 5 THBT developing nations with ethnically diverse populations should prohibit vernacular schools"
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV Open_Semis THBT NATO should create a 'safe zone' in rebel-held territory within Syria
2016-11-25 Tilbury House IV Open_Final THR the decision of Clinton supporters in the immediate aftermath of the 2016 US election to frame the Trump victory as the result of misogyny and racism and not opposition to the political establishment and/or neoliberalism
2016-11-20 CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 1 This house prefers secular governments that exclude all religion from public spaces to those that allow all religions in public.
2016-11-20 CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 2 This house believes that nations should invest in regional human rights institutions at the expense of global institutions (such as the ICC).
2016-11-20 CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 3 This house regrets the rise of choice feminism
2016-11-20 CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 4 This house believes that opposition parties in Latin America should seek incremental transitions of power rather than the recall or overthrow of ruling parties.
2016-11-19 New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 1 THBT liberals should refrain from using terms such as bigot, racist, sexist etc to describe people or positions they disagree with
2016-11-19 New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 2 THW transition to a cashless society
2016-11-19 New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 3 THW greatly reduce economic prosperity, progress and growth in favour of increasing individual’s leisure time
2016-11-19 New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 5 THW not prosecute former child soldiers for offences committed as adults
2016-11-19 New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 Open_Semis THW require all companies over a certain size to be fully publicly listed
2016-11-19 New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 Open_Final This house believes that environmental NGOs should promote genetic engineering
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV 1 This House would abolish all government schemes that provide grants, tax-breaks or loans at preferential terms to home buyers
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV 2 THBT indigenous groups in parliamentary democracies should form independent political parties instead of encouraging their members to vote for, and run on behalf of, existing parties
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV 3 This House believes that governments should make available a publicly searchable database containing the income, wealth and taxes paid by all citizens
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV 4 This House would prohibit the use of predictive algorithms in criminal trials
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV 5 This House, as Israel, opposes a Iran nuclear deal
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV ESL_Semi This House believes that membership of the EAEU is in the interests of Central Asian states.
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV Novice_Final This House would allow individuals to sue the government when the government has failed to provide a basic standard of living.
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV Open_Quarter This House believes that states should focus on negotiating bilateral trade agreements over large, regional agreements such as the TPP and RCEP.
2016-11-18 Cambridge IV Open_Final This House prefers a world in which Islam is structured around a strong, central governing authority (e.g. The Pope in Catholicism)
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 1 When police are put on trial for alleged instances of a violent wrongdoing, this House would decrease the burden of proof to the balance of probabilities.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 2 This House would allow negative voting.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 3 This House believes that armies should indoctrinate soldiers to take their own lives in the event that they fall captive to the enemy.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 4 This House believes that the state should promote the norm of the 'single life'.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 5 This House believes that NATO should expel members that do not meet the organisation's defence spending targets.
2016-11-06 Yale IV 1 THW abolish all occupational licensing.
2016-11-06 Yale IV 2 THBT western nations fighting the Islamic state should commit to the creation of an independent Kurdish state.
2016-11-06 Yale IV 3 This house believes that religious officials (e.g. priests, imams, rabbis) should not make statements in support of political policies, parties, or candidates.
2016-11-06 Yale IV 4 TH supports the continued remilitarization of Japan.
2016-11-06 Yale IV 5 THB that all museums, galleries, and cultural institutions should offer to return exhibits to their countries/communities of origin.
2016-11-06 Yale IV 6 THW nationalize credit rating agencies.
2016-11-06 Yale IV Novice_Semis THBT identity-based social movements should prioritize the majority population's acceptance of that identity over preservation of a distinct culture.
2016-11-06 Yale IV Novice_Finals TH fears the development of independent artificial intelligence.
2016-11-06 Yale IV Open_Quarters THBT a rise in global oil prices is in the interest of the West.
2016-11-06 Yale IV Open_Semis THS supreme court rulings based on natural rights not enumerated in constitutions.
2016-11-06 Yale IV Open_Final TH believes in God.
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 1 thw implement mandatory paternity leave for new fathers
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 2 thbt countries should implement strong worker protection laws even at the cost of economic growth (ie, collective bargaining, overtime hours, worker compensation, etc)
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 3 thw deny tax-exempt status to religious institutions that restrict women from accessing leadership or teaching roles
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 4 THBT jewish-americans have a moral obligation to suspend their participation in organizations (hillel, birthright, aipac, etc) that endorses israel’s current settlement program
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 5 Thw create an international organization to facilitate private individuals suing foreign governments for causing serious harms to their communities
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 Novice_Final Thw allow voters to repeal legislation using citizen referenda initiated referenda passed by a ⅔ popular vote majority
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 Open_Quarters In regions with severe, widespread violence against women, ths acts of vigilante justice in response to gendered assaults (israel egypt)
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 Open_Semis thbt the kurdish people should abandon attempts to establish an independent state, in favour of seeking greater poliitical inclusion in iraq and in turkey
2016-10-29 Huber Debates 2016 Open_Final THR the decline of Black Militant Groups (i.e. the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army
2016-10-29 JADE College Cup 2016 1 TH, as the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, would significantly reduce summer holidays
2016-10-29 JADE College Cup 2016 2 This House Supports the celebration of Halloween in Jamaica
2016-10-29 JADE College Cup 2016 Open_Final THBT religious institutions should not receive tax exemptions or other legal privileges - Grand Finals
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 1 THW prosecute violent fouls in sports as criminal assault
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 2 THBT ICC should forcefeed detainees going on hunger strike.
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 3 TH, as China, would allow women, and only women, to marry multiple male partners
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 4 THBT Israel should Privatize the West Bank Checkpoints
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 5 THR the overwhelming narrative of good triumphing over evil in childrens
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 Open_Semis THW rather be a part of “Club 27” thank live an average anonymous
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 Open_Final In retrospect, THW have preferred Truth and Reconciliation Comissions over the ICTY to deal with the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars
2016-10-28 Munich Open 1 THW limit the time in office for heads of state to two terms
2016-10-28 Munich Open 2 THB that the EU should actively support "Women on Waves".
2016-10-28 Munich Open 3 THW allow third parties (i.e. individuals or companies) who have been harmed by a workers strike to sue the union(s) for damages.
2016-10-28 Munich Open 4 TH opposes the Black Lives Matters' endorsement of BDS."
2016-10-28 Munich Open 5 In countries with public healthcare, THW not cover life prolonging treatments for the elderly.
2016-10-28 Munich Open Open_Semis THBT European countries should compel migrants and refugees to attend lessons about the sexual norms prevalent in the country.
2016-10-28 Munich Open Open_Final THW ban cash in the developed world
2016-10-28 The QUB Open 1 THW ban essential service workers from striking.
2016-10-28 The QUB Open 2 THS the creation of Personal Artificially Intelligent Robotic Romantic Partners.
2016-10-28 The QUB Open 3 THB Violent Protest is Legitimate.
2016-10-28 The QUB Open 4 THBT the South Korean Government should ban propaganda balloons.
2016-10-28 The QUB Open 5 THBT televised debates between the leaders of major parties before general elections do more harm than good.
2016-10-28 The QUB Open Novice_Final THS the destruction of historical artifacts seen to glorify atrocities.
2016-10-28 The QUB Open Open_Semis THBT the Northern Irish government should aggressively promote a distinct 'Northern Irish' Identity.
2016-10-22 Helsinki Mini 1 TH regrets the rise of TV talent shows
2016-10-22 Helsinki Mini 2 THW ban zero-hour contracts
2016-10-22 Helsinki Mini 3 THW prohibit people with criminal records from running for political office
2016-10-22 Helsinki Mini 4 TH regrets the rise of pop feminism
2016-10-22 Helsinki Mini Open_Final TH believes that it would be in Russia's interest to abandon the goal of becoming a global superpower rivaling the US
2016-10-22 SOAS IV 1 TH would ban private healthcare
2016-10-22 SOAS IV 2 TH would require children, to the extent they are able, to financially support their parents in old age
2016-10-22 SOAS IV 3 TH regrets the remilitarisation of Japan
2016-10-22 SOAS IV 4 TH would ban foreign states from funding religious organisations
2016-10-22 SOAS IV 5 TH believes that companies have a moral obligation to significantly invest in helping the communities in which they operate, even when it has no benefit to that organisation
2016-10-22 Trivium Tournament 2 TH believes that feminist female students should boycott students’ corps
2016-10-22 Trivium Tournament 3 TH would prosecute the editor-in-chief when the magazine they are in charge of publishes falsehoods
2016-10-22 Trivium Tournament 4 TH would disqualify the entire amateur football club for one competition season when there are acts of violence on or around the playing field
2016-10-22 Trivium Tournament 5 TH would legalise a market for organs
2016-10-22 Trivium Tournament Open_Final TH would prefer a monocultural society over a multicultural society
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 1 THP a unified state-dominated public policy research landscape to one dominated by ideologically defined think tanks
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 2 THBT Kashmir should strive for independence rather than political unification with Pakistan
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 3 THP a world where the notion of the afterlife is based on karmic balance and not divine mercy
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 4 THBT when systemically important financial institutions are in need of financial assistance during recessions, the burden should fall upon creditors (eg, via diluting shareholder value by turning debt into equity) rather than the government stepping in
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 5 THBT Islamic Authorities in South East Asia should issue a fatwa declaring Wahhabism to be un-Islamic
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 6 THBT western social justice groups (feminist advocacy groups, LGBT advocacy groups) should have a local agenda, as opposed to a global agenda
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Quarters THR regrets the market’s erosion of the nation state
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Semis THR the rise of New Atheism.
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Final THBT indigenous peoples would be justified in sabotaging (violently or otherwise) economic projects in the event that they are built across or on their land without their democratic consent.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 1 As Adopting Parents, TH would tell its child it is adopted only after its teenage years
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 2 TH would ban all non-medical research into the genetics of race (For example, the effect of race on intelligence, morality, etc.)
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 3 TH would allow the police to use entrapment
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 4 TH regrets the rise of the hookup culture (* The hookup culture is one which accepts and encourages casual sexual encounters focused on physical pleasure, without necessarily including emotional bonding)
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 5 TH believes that developing nations should ban political parties from handing out food and basic necessities.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open Open_Semis TH regrets the Colombian government's decision to hold a referendum on the FARC peace deal.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open Open_Final THW prefer a world where people cannot lie
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 2016 1 As adoptive parents, THW only tell their children they're adopted after their teenage years.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 2016 2 THW ban non-medical research into genetics of race.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 2016 3 THW allow the police to use entrapment.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 2016 4 THR the hook-up culture.
2016-10-21 Roosevelt Open 2016 Open_Final THBT developing countries should ban political parties from spreading food and other necessities (infoslide said that this happened in countries like India and South Africa, particularly around election time).
2016-10-16 Imperial Novices 1 TH supports Tiger Parenting.
2016-10-16 Imperial Novices 2 TH regrets the rise of the On-Demand Economy.
2016-10-16 Imperial Novices 3 TH would allow teacher unions to veto education policy that is not linked to pay and benefits.
2016-10-16 Imperial Novices 4 TH believes that the United States should militarily intervene (put boots on the ground) in Syria and Iraq.
2016-10-16 Imperial Novices Open_Semis TH would not allow tech companies/social media to target advertising in order to change people's political ideology.
2016-10-16 Imperial Novices Open_Final TH would let the captured wives and children of former or current Boko Haram soldiers choose to live in open society.
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup 1 TH would introduce academic streaming.
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup 2 TH supports voluntourism.
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup 3 TH, as the state, would aggressively fund GMO research.
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup 4 TH believes that Japan should acquire nuclear weapons.
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup 5 TH regrets the culture of casual sex.
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup Open_Semis TH, as an astronaut, would take part in Mars One (one way trip to Mars).
2016-10-15 Edinburgh Cup Open_Final TH believes that the USA should never use the language of American exceptionalism.
2016-10-15 Imperial Open 1 TH would allow communities to pay for increased police presence in their area
2016-10-15 Imperial Open 2 TH would implement a negative income tax.
2016-10-15 Imperial Open 3 TH would nationalise SpaceX’s mission to colonise Mars.
2016-10-15 Imperial Open 4 TH supports the privatisation of Saudi Aramco.
2016-10-15 Imperial Open Open_Semis TH believes that secular states should force the Catholic church to accept the ordination of female bishops.
2016-10-15 Imperial Open Open_Final TH believes that the EU should end its commitment to the free movement of people as a core principle of the single market.
2016-10-14 Hart House IV 2016 1 THW allow the prosecution of news organizations for knowingly publishing false information, even when that information is not defamatory
2016-10-14 Hart House IV 2016 2 Assuming they exist, THW prefer not to know the identity of one'a soulmate
2016-10-14 Hart House IV 2016 3 THBT the government of Colombia should ignore the result of the October 2nd referendum and implement the Peace Deal
2016-10-14 Hart House IV 2016 4 THW not reveal the identity of authors who choose pseudonymity
2016-10-14 Hart House IV 2016 5 TH prefers a world without Wikileaks
2016-10-08 Riga Pro-Am 1 THW abolish the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy
2016-10-08 Riga Pro-Am 2 THW require all media organizations hosting major pre-election debates to provide live fact-checking of speakers' claims
2016-10-08 Riga Pro-Am 3 THR the negative attitude towards Golddiggers
2016-10-08 Riga Pro-Am 4 TH, as the Baltic states, would incentivize brain drain from Belarus to the Baltics.
2016-10-08 Riga Pro-Am Open_Final THBT liberal parties in Europe should abandon their focus on being pro-immigration
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup 1 TH supports the creation of wethouses.
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup 2 TH believes that major political decisions should be made by parliament rather than a public referendum.
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup 3 TH believes that states should make developmental aid contingent on the human rights record of the recipient country.
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup 4 TH would impose fines on public acts of climate change denial.
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup Non_Schools_Final TH supports the creation of grammar schools.
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup Open_Semis TH supports Wikileaks continuing to publish the documents it acquires, even if they reveal private information about civilians.
2016-10-08 UCL President’s Cup Open_Final TH would allow soldiers to opt-out from military missions on the basis of conscience.
2016-10-07 UCD IV 1 Except where there is a clear threat to national security TH believes that it is illegitimate for Western states to limit immigration from the the developing world.
2016-10-07 UCD IV 2 TH would impose a cap on the amount of money parents are allowed to spend on their children (excluding essential healthcare and disability needs).
2016-10-07 UCD IV 3 TH believes that Hillary Clinton should put her experience overcoming sexism to the forefront of her campaign.
2016-10-07 UCD IV 4 TH regrets this trend.
2016-10-07 UCD IV 5 TH believes that progressive parties should advocate and campaign for the introduction of UBI.
2016-10-07 UCD IV Open_Semis TH believes that Putin has been good for Russia.
2016-10-07 UCD IV Open_Final TH believes that feminists should oppose capitalism.
2016-10-06 UCD Novice 1 TH believes that the Feminist Movement should rebrand as Egalitarianism.
2016-10-06 UCD Novice 2 TH supports essential services workers rights to strike.
2016-10-06 UCD Novice 3 TH would prosecute the perpetrators of Bloody Sunday.
2016-10-06 UCD Novice Open_Final TH supports the end of the Hannibal Directive.
2016-10-01 ISIC 1 TH believes that the governments of developing nations should actively encourage slum tourism
2016-10-01 ISIC 2 TH believes that states should stop identifying citizens by their race or religion
2016-10-01 ISIC 3 TH believes that ASEAN should give up all efforts toward greater political and economic integration
2016-10-01 ISIC Open_Final TH believes that it is in Indonesia’s interests to join the TPP
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 1 THBT the Right to Rest should be upheld in all public spaces.
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 2 THW require multi-national corporations to adhere to labor and wage standards exceeding those set by ANY individual nation.
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 3 THW stop playing “The Star-Spangled Banner”
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 4 THW make the provision or sale of junk food and soda to children under the age of consent illegal.
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 5 THBT Canada should allow foreigners to access their right to die policy.
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 6 THBT College and professional teams should be held accountable when their competitors or coaches commit sexual assault.
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 Open_Semis THBT China “should fix” North Korea.
2016-09-30 Aztec Invitational 2016 Open_Final THR the Generation War (Millennials vs. Baby Boomers)
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 1 THW allocate scholarships and financial aid exclusively on the basis of financial need
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 2 THS the continued consumption of old novels and films that endorse- even tacitly- the beliefs that today would be considered bigoted
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 3 THW ban funding by third parties of tortious lltigiation
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 4 THW sanction the intelligence, military, and political leaders of Pakistan.
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 5 THBT the feminist movement should campaign for the equal sexualization of men in the media as opposed to campaigning against the sexualization of women
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 6 THR the automation of jobs previously performed by humans (eg self driving cars, self checkouts)
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 Novice_Final THW factor public horror into the punishment of a crime
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 Open_Quarters THBT the European Union should impose punitive measures on the UK in the Brexit negotiations.
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 Open_Semis THR the inculcation of national identity through shared rituals (eg national ceremonies, anthems, pledges of allegiance, etc)
2016-09-30 HWS IV 2016 Open_Final THR the new politics of the campus left
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 1 THW require all public and private schools to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution as a scientific consensus. [Round 1]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 2 THW cede control of all national parks to indigenous tribes. [Round 2]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 3 THW impose prohibition on alcohol consumption for all college students. [Round 3]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 4 Sit back in your seats for a second, close your eyes. Imagine, if you will, that we have developed a virus with the capacity to infect 100% of society, rendering a random 30% of people infertile. This virus passes on inter-generationally, continuing this cycle of randomized 30% infertility for the foreseeable future. For the sake of simplicity, let’s name it the inferno virus. Assuming we have reached a point where the human population on Earth is unsustainable, this house would release the virus. [Round 4]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 5 THW require all Olympic sponsors to donate equal amounts of money to the Paralympics. [Round 5]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 6 THS a military coalition between the US and the Syrian government in the fight against ISIS. [Round 6]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament Open_Quarters THBT niantic should provide user location from Pokemon Go to the police [Quarters]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament Open_Semis THB the place for athletes’ protests is off the field not on it [Semi’s/Novice Finals]
2016-09-17 Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament Open_Final THBT the UK should not leave the EU regardless of the referendum [Finals]
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 1 TH, as Catholics, would oppose the canonisation of Mother Theresa.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 2 TH believes that the US Government should provide significant campaign funding for congressmen and senators who score highly on bi-partisan metrics*. *Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc., calculated by independent bodies.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 3 TH believes that the life in the cartel is a better life for Tony Montana than a life of following the law.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 4 TH believes that the state’s general economic approach should be to promote policies which seek to maximise net economic gain*, even when it comes at the expense of structural unemployment. * For example free trade agreements and the automation of labour.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 5 TH believes that Japan should depict the act of Inseki-Jisatsu as cowardly.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 6 TH believes that liberal states should provide legal and financial aid to citizens who wish to permanently emigrate from them.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open Open_Semis TH believes that it is within the interest of Tibetans to assimilate with China.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open Open_Final TH would allow the “Cultural Defence” in all criminal proceedings.
2016-09-03 Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy 1 THBT governments should strictly regulate construction and renovation in order to preserve historical architecture (buildings, parks, public spaces etc).
2016-09-03 Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy 2 THW ban self-learning sex robots that aim to be highly gratifying and realistic
2016-09-03 Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy 3 THW permanently remove from service Imams who are stationed in places where an honour killing has occured
2016-09-03 Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy 4 THW not use scientific data acquired through non-ethical experiments
2016-09-03 Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy Open_Final THW rebuild the Husartsan memorial
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 1 TH regrets the rise of social media as a primary source of news distribution
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 2 TH supports Barack Obama's statements that emphasise African- Americans taking individual responsibility for improving their own position in life
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 3 THW create state-run centres where individuals can purchase and consume psychedelic* drugs *drugs whose primary effect is to alter cognition and perception e.g. LSD and Magic Mushrooms
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 4 TH supports strong government intervention to prevent gentrification* *process when significant numbers of wealthier people move to a poor area
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 5 THBT the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra should regularly play the works of Richard Wagner
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 6 TH regrets the mass commercialisation of football
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 7 TH supports Sanctuary Cities in the United States
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 8 THBT Latin American states should provide extensive material support for a military coup against the Venezualan government
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 9 THBT the European Union should fund satirical* publications in its member states that target far-right political parties * the use of humour and exaggeration to criticize
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 ESL_Quarters THBT Western States should fund the spread of atheism in Iraq through provision of education, health care and welfare
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 ESL_Semis TH regrets the safe space movement’s attempts to significantly limit speech on university campuses
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 ESL_Final THBT western nations should support breakaway states in former Soviet Union (e.g. East Ukraine or South Ossetia) after free and fair referendum.
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 Open_Partial_Octos TH supports BRICS* countries creating alternatives to the current international economic institutions (i.e. the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organisation) * Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 Open_Quarters THW require the economic policies of political parties to be approved by an independent panel of experts before being used in campaigns
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 Open_Semis TH supports Iran’s extension of the Sharia principle of “an eye for an eye” to the victims of acid attacks
2016-08-14 Warsaw EUDC 2016 Open_Final THW nationalize and provide public access to the Metadata being gathered by online multinational companies.
2016-07-10 SSE Riga Debate Academy 1 THW remove all sin taxes
2016-07-10 SSE Riga Debate Academy 2 THW ban the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (armed drones) during warfare
2016-07-10 SSE Riga Debate Academy 3 THW give parents full access to their children's social media accounts
2016-07-10 SSE Riga Debate Academy 4 THS vigilantism in areas of severe socio-economic deprivation
2016-07-10 SSE Riga Debate Academy Open_Final THW create a standing army for the European Union
2016-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 1 TH, as a feminist, believes that Kim Kardashian is a force for good.
2016-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 2 THW not give development aid to authoritarian countries.
2016-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 3 TH, as the UK government, would remove charitable status from religious institutions that teach socially regressive ideas (e.g. that women belong in the home, etc.)
2016-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 4 THW remove the executive's ability to grant pardons (i.e. to cancel the legal consequences of a conviction).
2016-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 ProAm_Final THR The rise of "clean living" gurus
2016-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 Open_Final THW Partition Syria into 3 countries; Kurds, Sunnis and Alawites
2016-06-04 Bristol Open 2016 1 THW financially incentivise businesses to diversify their boards
2016-06-04 Bristol Open 2016 2 THS the objectification of men by women in popular media
2016-06-04 Bristol Open 2016 3 THBT individuals should have the right to remove photos of themselves published without their permission, and sue for damages
2016-06-04 Bristol Open 2016 4 THW ban footballers who commit racist actions for life
2016-05-28 Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) 1 TH supports ‘direct action’
2016-05-28 Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) 2 TH supports a system of blind voting
2016-05-28 Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) 3 THW support indigenous people to be trialed, convicted and punished in accordance with the customs of their community as opposed to through the system of the national court.
2016-05-28 Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) Open_Final THBT Jitse Akse should not be punished for his fight in Syria
2016-05-13 Helsinki Open 2016 1 THW allow the police and intelligence agencies unrestricted access to the internet history and online communications of all citizens.
2016-05-13 Helsinki Open 2016 2 THB that artists from dominant cultural groups should not seek to portray minority cultures.
2016-05-13 Helsinki Open 2016 3 THW remove exemptions from anti-discrimination law for religious organisations.
2016-05-13 Helsinki Open 2016 4 THW require all teams participating in international football competitions to have an equal representation of both sexes.
2016-05-13 Helsinki Open 2016 5 TH supports minority ethnic parties.
2016-05-13 Helsinki Open 2016 Novice_Final TH, as a wealthy individual, would use that wealth to become a vigilante (e.g. Batman) in areas of high crime and a corrupt police force (e.g. Mexico City).
2016-05-07 The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 1 THR the presence of heterosexual cisgender politicians at Pride parades
2016-05-07 The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 2 THW allow companies to include a clause in their employment contracts for women where that woman legally agrees not to get pregnant
2016-05-07 The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 3 THW remove the UK's exemption from the refugee quota penalty
2016-05-07 The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 4 TH as a school teacher would not refer children to child protection services in the case of concerns about their radicalisation
2016-05-07 The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 5 THW allow individuals to nominate a charity of their choosing to receive all inheritance tax that would be otherwise paid to the state upon their death
2016-05-07 The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 Open_Final THBT white authors should not publish their reviews on Beyonce's album
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 1 THBT the Mexican govenment should retroactively legalise the production and distribution of drugs
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 2 TH prefers governments to make cash transfers to individuals in recipient countries over government-to-government development aid
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 3 TH supports the recasting of male action heroes and superheroes as female
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 4 THW terminate the special relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 5 THR the rise of anti-establishment candidates within mainstream parties (e.g. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn)
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 Novice_Final TH regrets the idolization of soldiers and veterans
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 Open_Semis THBT the UN should hire private military corporations to carry out its peacekeeping operations
2016-04-23 Maastricht Open 2016 Open_Final THW require all 18-year-olds (in Western Liberal Democracies) to go on a Rumspringa
2016-04-16 Cardiff Open 2016 1 THW require all news media organisations to select and publicly state a political affiliation
2016-04-16 Cardiff Open 2016 2 THBT Western Liberal Democracies should drastically reallocate funds from development aid budgets to research into Neglected Tropical Diseases
2016-04-16 Cardiff Open 2016 3 THBT the International Monetary Fund should require states in need of Bailouts to provide collateral (e.g. Mining rights, land, shares in privatised assets)
2016-04-16 Cardiff Open 2016 4 THBT Norway should back off from oil drilling in the Arctic
2016-04-16 Cardiff Open 2016 Novice_Final THW prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences
2016-04-16 Cardiff Open 2016 Open_Final THW prefer Afterlife A over Afterlife B
2016-04-10 GUU Womens 2016 1 THBT governments should not fund reconstruction in areas prone to natural disasters.
2016-04-10 GUU Womens 2016 2 THW reinstate bussing in the US.
2016-04-10 GUU Womens 2016 3 THW pay stay at home parents.
2016-04-10 GUU Womens 2016 4 THBT both elected and unelected party leaders should not play a role in the nomination process (through super delegates or brokered conventions)
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 1 THBT all European Football Associations should aggressively redistribute income from successful to less successful clubs within their own country.
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 2 THW abolish the distinction between an attempted and a completed crime.
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 3 THW introduce a binding direct democracy app.
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 4 THW break up banks deemed "too big to fail".
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 5 TH, as the SNP, would never vote on UK legislation which does not extend territorially to Scotland.
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 Open_Semis THBT people of colour activist groups, such as the NAACP, should pursue a race-blind society.
2016-04-08 GUU Ancients 2016 Open_Final THBT civilians are a legitimate target in conflict.
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 1.1 That we should tax and redistribute wealth contained in university endowment funds
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 1.2 That universities should make use of quotas for ideological groups (e.g. conservatives) for teaching and research staff
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 1.3 That the state should employ more non university graduates and use tax penalties to encourage other employers to do the same
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 2.1 That the EU should require member states to set common rules and rates for corporate taxation
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 2.2 That investors should divest from fossil fuel companies
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 2.3 That the US should have aggressively pushed for the inclusion of China in the TPP
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 3.1 That as the Catholic church we should deny communion to politicians who vote contrary to its teachings
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 3.2 That we should have a truth and reconciliation commission for Catholic church abuse
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 3.3 That the West should seek to fund moderate Islamic religious groups in the Middle East
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 4.1 That Pacific Rim countries should make Australian participation in future trade agreements contingent on the abandonment of their asylum seeker detention policy
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 4.2 That Australia should automatically trigger an election when the governing party replaces the prime minister
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 4.3 That despite the opposition of the Myanmar government the international community should set up a safe haven for the Rohingyas in Myanmar
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 5.1 That we should apply the same criminal sanctions to late term abortions and infanticide
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 5.2 That we should replace the institution of the family with well run state child raising facilities
2016-03-19 Durham Australs 5.3 That we should allow individuals to enter contracts specifying conditions on their relationship e.g. salary level, weight limits, frequency of sex
2016-03-19 Durham Australs Open_Semis_1 That we regret the possibility of jury nullification
2016-03-19 Durham Australs Open_Semis_2 That we should implement Good Samaritan laws (legally obliging bystanders to assist those in danger, unless doing so would place them at serious risk)
2016-03-19 Durham Australs Open_Semis_3 That illegally gathered evidence should be admissible in court
2016-03-19 Durham Australs Open_Finals_1 That state level affiliates of the Democratic Party in conservative states should disaffiliate and establish a new party
2016-03-19 Durham Australs Open_Finals_2 That US presidential primaries in all states should be run on the same date
2016-03-19 Durham Australs Open_Finals_3 That the West should select and train local activists to oppose 'third termist' leaders (those trying to subvert or remove term limits) in Sub-Saharan Africa
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 1 This House would provide free, safe drugs to individuals with addictions.
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 2 This House prefers collective parenting.
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 3 This House believes that major social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) should censor bigotry
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 4 This House, as the United States, would engage in cyber-attacks against Russia.
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 5 This House would grant legal personhood to land.
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 Open_Semis This House believes that it is unethical to bring a new child into this world.
2016-03-18 Canadian BP Nationals 2016 Open_Final This House would program the robots to hide the existence of past human life on Earth
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 1 THW make the number of votes an individual has inversely proportional to their wealth (i.e. the more wealth an individual has the fewer votes in an election).
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 2 TalkToys are dolls with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and speech recognition software that enable them to engage in an actual conversation with children (they have a lexicon of thousands of prescript responses). TalkToys are meant to serve as a companion to the child, and they are in the late stages of development. Prominent examples of toys that will be able to talk include Barbie, G.I Joe and Star Wars and Action Figures. THW Ban TalkToys.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 3 The NRA, National Rifle Association of America, is a lobbying group in Washington. Its notable actions include influencing legislation aimed to deregulate gun ownership laws, initiating lawsuits against municipalities that have banned or have placed strict regulations on firearm laws, and endorsing candidates mainly of the Republican Party. THBT the US should require the NRA to pay reparations to victims of gun violence.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 4 THW suspend trade unions and labour protection laws in times of economic crisis.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 5 Conscription is mandatory in Egypt for males of ages between 18 to 30. The service obligation is between 12 to 36 months and is followed by a 9-year reserve duty. THBT Egypt Should Conscript Women to Female-Only Units.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 6 THBT Sex Education Classes in Schools Should Teach Techniques For Pure Sexual Gratification (including, but not limited to, anal sex, oral sex, mutual gratification and masturbation).
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 7 THW release inmates from jail solely on the basis of their rehabilitation and not upon the completion of a predetermined period of time.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 ProAm_Final During the first centuries AD there was no religious law demanding clerical celibacy in the Catholic sect of Christianity, and there is no direct mentioning of such a requirement in the New Testament. Celibacy is being thought to have been universally adopted by Catholiscm after a decision made by a council in 12th century. TH, as Pope Francis, would remove the requirement of catholic priests to take a vow of celibacy.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 Open_Semis THBT jobs that are deemed to be of moral value or societal importance should have their wages set by the state.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 Open_Final THBT using Human Shield tactics, by the weaker side, can be justified in a-symmetrical wars.
2016-03-12 Liverpool IV 2016 1 THBT schools should aggressively stream students, according to their ability, from a young age.
2016-03-12 Liverpool IV 2016 2 TH prefers a criminal justice system that pursues criminal and civil charges against individuals within companies, rather than fines against the entire company.
2016-03-12 Liverpool IV 2016 3 THBT Western States should support and engineer coups in militarily weak states they identify as having authoritarian leaders.
2016-03-12 Liverpool IV 2016 4 THW compel news media to give coverage to all demonstrations proportionate to the size of that demonstration.
2016-03-12 Liverpool IV 2016 ProAm_Final THW remove all legal restrictions on categories of weapons which can be used in war.
2016-03-12 Liverpool IV 2016 Open_Final THBT the Gotham City Police Force should seek to offer Wayne employment as an officer within their force.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 1 This House believes that Western States should irrevocably remove citizenship of citizens who join the so-called Islamic State
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2 This House would weight shareholder votes in line with the length of time their shares have been held.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 3 This House believes that voters should always vote on policy and principles regardless of electability in all elections (general, local, or party leadership).
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 4 This House believes that film studios should seek to select racially diverse casts when converting books into films even if it differs from the author's original character description.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 5 This House believes that welfare and pensions policy should be determined by a panel of experts selected by their peers, not accountable to government.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV ESL_Final This House, as a feminist, would adopt traditionally masculine traits and behaviours
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV Open_Quarters This House believes that the US-led coalition should no longer insist on Assad stepping down as part of their negotiations with Russia over Syria.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV Open_Semis This House would prefer a world without sexual attraction
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV Open_Finals In a minimal state, a government's role is exclusively to protect property rights and people's physical security. Beyond this, such a state would not intervene in people's lives, or provide any public services. THBT a minimal state is justified.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 1 THBT Western States should irrevocably remove citizenship of citizens who join the so-called Islamic State.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 2 Shareholders have the right to vote on various important issues pertaining to a company (e.g. hiring and firing executives, mergers and acquisitions, budgets, and major changes in corporate strategy). THW weight shareholder votes in line with the length of time their shares have been held.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 3 THBT voters should always vote on policy and principles regardless of electability in all elections (general, local, or party leadership).
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 4 THBT film studios should seek to select racially diverse casts when converting books into films even if it differs from the original character descriptions.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 5 THBT welfare and pensions policy should be determined by a panel of experts selected by their peers, not accountable to government.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 ESL_Final TH, as a feminist, would adopt traditionally masculine traits and behaviours.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 Open_Quarters THBT the US-led coalition should no longer insist on Assad stepping down as part of their negotiations with Russia over Syria.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 Open_Semis THW prefer a world without sexual attraction.
2016-03-12 UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 Open_Final THBT a minimal state is justified.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 1 THW ban private political donations, and fund all political parties and campaigns from general taxation.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 1 THW ban private political donations, and fund all political parties and campaigns from general taxation.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 2 THW not allow workers to renounce their employment rights (e.g. holiday pay, defined working hours, sick pay, minimum wage) in return for work experience or financial benefit.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 2 THW not allow workers to renounce their employment rights (e.g. holiday pay, defined working hours, sick pay, minimum wage) in return for work experience or financial benefit.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 3 THBT Oskar Gröning should not have been prosecuted.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 3 Oskar Gröning chose to join the SS during the 1940s, and was positioned at Auschwitz concentration camp as a financial clerk. After the end of the war, he remained silent about his experiences for forty years. In response to Holocaust denial by a number of authoritative and well-known individuals, he spoke about his experiences and actions, highlighting the horrors that occurred. This contributed to a decision of the German government to prosecute him as an accessory to murder in 300,000 cases. THBT Oskar Gröning should not have been prosecuted.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 4 THBT European Leaders should not have agreed to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 4 THBT European Leaders should not have agreed to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 5 THBT it is legitimate to release the unpublished personal memoirs of deceased public figures, even when this is against the express wishes of the individual or their family.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 5 THBT it is legitimate to release the unpublished personal memoirs of deceased public figures, even when this is against the express wishes of the individual or their family.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 Open_Quarters This House supports the French government's decision to dismantle the "Calais jungle."
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 Open_Semis THBT Barack Obama should nominate an individual considered to be a moderate conservative by US citizens to the Supreme Court.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 Open_Semis THBT Barack Obama should nominate an individual considered to be a moderate conservative by US citizens to the Supreme Court.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 Open_Finals THW ban all further research into artificial intelligence that can independently learn and develop.
2016-03-11 Budapest Open 2016 Open_Final THW ban all further research into artificial intelligence that can independently learn and develop.
2016-03-06 Surrey IV 2016 1 THBT Britain should leave the EU.
2016-03-06 Surrey IV 2016 2 THW abolish private home ownership.
2016-03-06 Surrey IV 2016 3 Tiger parenting is a strict or demanding style of parenting focused on pushing children to high levels of achievement. It is characterised by a strong routine (e.g. compulsory homework time), high expectations and physiological control through both positive (e.g. praise/encouragement) and negative (e.g. threats, criticism) means. TH supports Tiger Parenting.
2016-03-06 Surrey IV 2016 4 THBT the United States should abolish political parties.
2016-03-06 Surrey IV 2016 Open_Final THBT Saudi Arabia should privatise Saudi Aramco and list it on the NY Stock Exchange.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 1 TH welcomes the proliferation of porn online.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 2 THW remove 'Gone with The Wind' from the National Film Registry
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 3 THBT the UN Should unilterally recognise Catalan independence.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 4 THW Ban research on genome editing.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 5 As a democratic state that has come under unprovoked nuclear attack from another democratic state THW launch a nuclear counter-attack.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 ProAm_Final THS the extra-judicial killing of a state's citizens, by that state, where there is reason to suspect they are involved in the planning or carrying out of terrorist activities, and arrest is not possible.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 Open_Semis THS People's Quantitative Easing.
2016-03-05 Lancaster IV 2016 Open_Final Superior Orders is a plea in a court of law that a person not be held guilty for actions that were ordered by a superior officer, but are criminal. It cannot be applied to actions that are manifestly unlawful (e.g. genocide or crimes against humanity). TH Accepts the defense of Superior Orders.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 1 THW replace means tested welfare with a regular, unconditional and Universal Basic Income paid by the State to all residents.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 2 THW Allow convicts who are parents to raise their children in prison.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 3 THB School History curricula should teach a unanimously and graphically negative account of the impacts of Western colonialism.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 4 The Pirate bay is a website where users illegally download copyrighted material such as music, films and video games. Attempts have been made by numerous governments to shut it down. TH Supports the Pirate Bay.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 5 THW Ban all advertising.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 Open_Semis THW Celebrate Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road as a feminist Icon.
2016-03-04 UL Open 2016 Open_Final TH rejects the right to privacy.
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 1 THW ban fortune telling
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 2 THW directly elect the members of the US Supreme Court
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 3 THBT schools should motivate children to believe that anyone can succeed through hard work regardless of their background
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 4 THW grant those diagnosed with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 5 THBT post conflict governments should recruit rebel soldiers into state armies
2016-02-27 Leiden Open Novice_Final THW would allow the armed forces to unionise, strike, and collectively bargain
2016-02-27 Leiden Open Open_Semi THW allow individuals to sell their right to sue to a third party
2016-02-27 Leiden Open Open_Final THW enact an immediate democracy
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) 1 THR the rise of dating apps (e.g. Tinder, Grindr, Hitch, Hinge,etc.)
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) 2 THBT continued membership in the UN should be contingent on countries opting into universal jurisdiction.
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) 3 TH, as a minority parent in North America, would teach their kids not to trust the justice system, or figures of legal authority (e.g. police, judges, state prosecutors, etc.)
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) 4 TH would prefer the reclamation of disputed monuments (e.g. the Rhodes Status at Oxford, Voertrekker Monuments in South Africa, Yakusuni Shrine in Japan, etc.) to their destruction.
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) 5 THS legal abortions for men.
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) Novice_Finals THW preference a strong social media over a physical presence in protest culture.
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) Open_Semis TH, as the Nicaraguan people, opposes the construction of the Nicaraguan Canal.
2016-02-27 North American Women's (@ Hart House) Open_Finals THW prefer a world in which people are sedated to experience only mild emotions.
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open 1 This House would ban essential service providers from striking
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open 2 This House believes that the music press should publish unrepresentatively negative reviews of the music of artists whose conduct they view as reprehensible
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open 3 This House believes that supreme/constitutional courts should not have the power to strike down legislation
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open 4 To proselytise means to attempt to convert others to your beliefs. This House believes that atheists should proselytise
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open 5 This House, as the West, would immediately end all sanctions against Russia
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open Open_Semi This House believes that the British Museum should give all artifacts to the nations where they originated
2016-02-27 Nottingham Open Open_Final For the purposes of this debate, the American Dream refers to the socially widespread belief that individuals can improve their circumstances through hard work, and that one can become successful regardless of their background. This House regrets the American Dream.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 1 THBT websites such as Sci-Hub cause more harm than good.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 2 THW allow companies to buy the rights to govern economically failing cities.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 3 The U.S. Kill list is a highly classified list of primarily terrorist target. Targets, include both US and non-US citizens, that the US Government seeks to assassinate using covert operations, drone strikes and other means. TH supports the aims of the U.S. “Kill list”.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 4 In Northern Ireland same sex marriage is illegal. Northern Ireland only permits abortions if the continuance of the pregnancy is proven to threaten the life of the mother. THW automatically extend Westminster Policies on Human Rights and anti-discrimination issues to Northern Ireland. This includes, but is not limited to, same sex marriage and abortion.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 5 You are a working class voter in a swing seat constituency between high-welfare, high-taxation party and a low-welfare, low-taxation party. THW vote for low-wlfare, low-taxation party.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV Open_Semis THW abolish state primaries in US presidential elections.
2016-02-27 The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV Open_Final TH supports western feminists wearing the headscarf in solidarity with Muslim women who wear the hijab who have faced islamophobia.
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open 1 THBT Ukraine should introduce mandatory military service
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open 2 THW democratically elect members of constitutional courts (sometimes called "Supreme Courts")
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open 3 THBT mainstream media should stop reporting on information from wikileaks
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open 4 THW ban alchocol in all former soviet states
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open 5 THBT the Nobel prize in literature should be decided by members of the public rather than a panel of experts
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open Open_Semis THBT the EU should grant Ukraine membership and the necessary funding in exchange for hosting all refugees seeking asylum in the EU
2016-02-21 Kyiv Open Open_Final THBT the state should criminalize the seeking of mail-order brides
2016-02-20 Manchester IV 1 THBT the governments of Europe should censor media from publishing articles, videos or cartoons which promote racist views or stereotypes.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV 2 This house believes that parliamentary electoral systems should include constituency links.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV 3 THB that MGM Studios should cast a male as the sexual interest of the next Bond film.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV 4 TH would begin writing only in your first language.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV 5 THB that Western states should engage in covert cyber-attacks against infrastructure designed to limit freedom of speech* in authoritarian states. *e.g., the Great Firewall of China
2016-02-20 Manchester IV ProAm_Final TH supports climate change activists engaging in acts, regardless of legality, which cause mass disruption to carbon-intensive infrastructure networks.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV Open_Quarters THW only allow the media to publish or broadcast government produced releases on suspected terrorist attacks.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV Open_Semis THBT the Brazillian government should encourage and facilitate the integration of uncontacted peoples into wider society.
2016-02-20 Manchester IV Open_Final THW create and fund schools that exclusively admit children from ethnic minorities.
2016-02-13 LSE Open 1 TH Supports the proliferation of free schools
2016-02-13 LSE Open 2 THIS HOUSE WOULD require all government ministers to have majority approval from the professional bodies their department has legislative responsibility for. (For example, the UK Minister for Health would need majority approval from the British Medical Association)
2016-02-13 LSE Open 3 Assuming there are actors who fit the criteria: THIS HOUSE BELIEVES That film directors have a moral obligation to cast actors who share key lived experiences with the characters they play.
2016-02-13 LSE Open 4 THIS HOUSE BELIEVES That western liberal democracies should cease all direct military action in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
2016-02-13 LSE Open 5 THIS HOUSE WOULD Make corporation tax proportional to company wage ratios
2016-02-13 LSE Open ESL Semifinal THW Introduce a system of tradable quotas for asylum seekers in the European Union
2016-02-13 LSE Open ESL Final THW Prefer to live in A Brave New World
2016-02-13 LSE Open Open Quarterfinal THW Introduce a system of tradable quotas for asylum seekers in the European Union
2016-02-13 LSE Open Open Semifinal THBT The USA should adopt a parliamentary democracy rather than a presidential one.
2016-02-13 LSE Open Final THW Allow individuals to sign contracts which cede future rights of theirs to other individuals (for example, to sell themselves into slavery)
2016-02-13 Swansea Open 1 THW ban religious or faith-based rehabilitation programmes in prison
2016-02-13 Swansea Open 2 THW provide financial incentives (e.g. tax breaks) to companies that require skilled labour who hire non-graduates.
2016-02-13 Swansea Open 3 THBT characters with disabilities in film and television should always be played by individuals with disabilities.
2016-02-13 Swansea Open 4 THR the criminalization of the reckless transmission of sexual infections (e.g. HIV, herpes and gonorrhoea) in England and Wales
2016-02-13 Swansea Open Final Your 'one true soulmate' exists. There is a test that allows you to determine whether someone is your one true soulmate. You are in love with the person you have been dating for a while. THW take the test to determine whether the person you are in love with is your 'soulmate'
2016-02-06 ICYD- Oxford Round 5 This House Would introduce Proportional Representation in UK general elections."
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 1 This House would allow offenders serving a prison term of ten or more years to opt to remain in prison indefinitely beyond their court appointed release date.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 2 This House believes that the US and UK should cease selling arms to Saudi Arabia until they withdraw from Yemen.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 3 This House believes that LGBT+ advocacy groups and lobbyists should publicly fight for reparations for the victims, and the families of victims, of the AIDS epidemic.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 4 This House regrets Aung San Suu Kyi's declaration of intention to control the National League of Democracy (NLD) despite being constitutionally barred from running for president.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 5 This House prefers a world where the conception of the afterlife is based on karmic balance, rather than divine mercy
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals 1 This house would not wear a poppy.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals 2 This house supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals 3 This house regrets South Africa's Rainbow Nation narrative (long prep).
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals 4 This House Believes the Eurozone should adopt a policy of fiscal union.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals 5 This House supports the Lean In movement.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals Open_Semis This House believes that the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign should pursue a 'Project Fear' strategy of negative campaigning similar to Better Together* in the upcoming referendum.
2016-02-06 John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals Open_Final This House would welcome a resurgence of Pink Tide Values in Latin American Politics.
2016-01-30 Warwick IV 1 THBT government authorities, being the police, should preserve illegal art as evidence for prosecution of the artists responsible.
2016-01-30 Warwick IV 2 THBT, in developing nations with an ineffectual state school system, the government should financially incentivise (e.g through tax breaks) the creation of private schools
2016-01-30 Warwick IV 3 THBT it is never a legitimate economic strategy for a state to become a tax haven.
2016-01-29 Trinity IV 1 This House Would Ban All Lobbying Activity
2016-01-29 Trinity IV 2 THW Allow Deaf Parents to Refuse Treatment for Deafness On Behalf of their Children
2016-01-29 Trinity IV 3 THBT strong dictatorships in the Middle East are better than weak democracies
2016-01-29 Trinity IV 4 This House as the LGBTQIA Community Would Oppose Pornography
2016-01-29 Trinity IV 5 This House Opposes Laicité
2016-01-29 Trinity IV Novice_Final THB in the use of fear to instill values in children
2016-01-29 Trinity IV Open_Quarters TH Supports Hacking as a Form of Protest
2016-01-29 Trinity IV Open_Semis There exists a drug that increases empathy in individuals. TH, as the state, would lace their country's water supply with that drug.
2016-01-29 Trinity IV Open_Final THW Welcome the End of American Intervention
2016-01-28 Trinity Women's Open 1 THW actively reward the use of Hiberno-English in schoolwork and examinations.
2016-01-28 Trinity Women's Open 2 THW make Ulysses contracts enforceable by the courts.
2016-01-28 Trinity Women's Open 3 THW genetically engineer major meat animals not to feel pain.
2016-01-28 Trinity Women's Open Open_Semis THS the concept of orgasm intervention.
2016-01-28 Trinity Women's Open Open_Final TH, as an individual with strong and deeply held convictions, would die for their cause.
2016-01-23 Queen Mary IV 1 TH Supports Voluntourism
2016-01-23 Queen Mary IV 2 THBT it is in the UK's interest to leave the EU
2016-01-23 Queen Mary IV 3 THW ban boarding schools
2016-01-23 Queen Mary IV 4 THW introduce mixed-gender low security prisons
2016-01-23 Queen Mary IV Open_Final THBT student unions should not take political positions that do not directly pertain to tertiary education
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open 1 THBT the Cultural Trend Of "Selfies" Has Been Good For Women
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open 2 THS The Depiction Of The USSR as Absolutely Evil
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open 3 THW Only Direct European Investment Fund Money to States That Agree to Take a Share of Refugees Proportional to Their Share of EU GDP
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open 4 THBT Governments Ought To Use The Technology To Detect The “Criminal Gene”.
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open 5 THW Permit The Cloning Of Genius And Extraordinary Individuals For The Good Of The Society
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open Open_Semis TH Prefers a Multipolar World To US Hegemony
2016-01-23 University of Latvia Open Open_Final THBT All Countries Should Forcibly Redistribute Land Ownership So That at Least 50% Of It Is Owned By Women
2016-01-23 York IV Open_Semis This house would allow people to opt into religious structures with the power to punish them in this life (e.g., Beth Din courts, or Sharia courts) for infractions.
2016-01-23 York IV Open_Final THW pay reparations to women
2016-01-23 York IV 1 This house believes that young, educated people in Western countries should focus their charitable efforts (e.g., volunteering, donations, etc.) towards benefiting the disadvantaged in their own country, as opposed to in the developing world.
2016-01-23 York IV 2 This house believes that the Labour Party should have worked to rehabilitate Tony Blair’s image in its campaigning, prior to the 2015 General Election.
2016-01-23 York IV 3 This house believes that governments should promote, support, and incentivise students to attend MOOCs instead of Universities.
2016-01-23 York IV 4 This house believes that the global Anglican church should split into two churches, rather than maintain a single communion.
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV 1 THW ban TV programmes and entertainment media from portraying convicted criminals as innocent
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV 2 THW trigger a general election when a country goes into recession
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV 3 THW exclusively fund domestic NGOs in developing countries as opposed to western NGOs working in developing countries
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV 4 TH, as a progressive female candidate, would not use conventional gender roles (e.g. marketing oneself as a mother or a wife) as a tactic in political campaign
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV Novice_Final TH supports the introduction of bystander laws
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV Open_Semis Semi-Final: THBT the USA should make Taiwanese independence a major foreign-policy aim
2016-01-22 Inner Temple IV Open_Final Open Final: THW conscientiously object in situations of war
2016-01-22 NorthAms 1 THW require that companies with >15 employees give 50% of their voting rights to employees
2016-01-22 NorthAms 2 THS Chris Rock’s continued commitment to host the Oscars
2016-01-22 NorthAms 3 THR the Arab Spring
2016-01-22 NorthAms 4 THW ban eminent domain rights
2016-01-22 NorthAms 5 THW prefer a world without pornography
2016-01-22 NorthAms 6 THBT developing nations should enshrine legally actionable socioeconomic rights
2016-01-22 NorthAms Novice_Semis THBT unconditional cash transfer charities are preferable to project based charities
2016-01-22 NorthAms Novice_Final Given the technological capability to disable their nuclear weapons, THW invade North Korea.
2016-01-22 NorthAms Open_Octos THW break up the eurozone
2016-01-22 NorthAms Open_Quarters THW ban savior siblings
2016-01-22 NorthAms Open_Semis TH regrets campaigns by feminists to shut down female empowerment events exclusively for cis women, like Michfest.
2016-01-22 NorthAms Open_Final You have invented a pill that would compel the user to tell the truth. THW destroy it.
2016-01-16 London Pro-Am 1 This House Would Not Provide State Funding for Art Based Higher Education, eg. art, music, drama.
2016-01-16 London Pro-Am 2 This House Supports Politicians Passing Progressive Legislation, Even When it is Contrary to the Wishes of the Democratic Electorate
2016-01-16 London Pro-Am 3 THBT it is in the interest of the Conservative Government to impose a travel ban on Donald Trump
2016-01-16 London Pro-Am 4 THW make the use of armed drones a war crime
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 1 THW allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 2 THW prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 3 THBT all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 4 THBT governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 5 THBT the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 6 THBT states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 7 TH supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 8 THBT the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 9 THBT 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
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 EFL_Semis TH would retrospectively criminalise excessively risky management practises for economically significant corporations and prosecute the executives responsible for them.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 EFL_Final THBT campaigners for refugee protection should not use pictures displaying the graphic suffering of refugees as part of their advocacy.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 ESL_Quarters THW prefer a world in which extremely wealthy people in Western liberal states donate excess money to their governments rather than to charities
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 ESL_Semis THB the West should prioritize stability over exporting democracy in foreign policy
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 ESL_Finals TH supports the decline of the nations-state's power in an increasingly globalized world.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Masters_1 Assuming the technology to do so easily and safely exists, THW force everyone in society to undergo periodic sex changes.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Masters_2 THW kill baby Hitler
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Open_Partials TH regrets mainstream, commercial films that depict historical subjugation and/or crimes against humanity.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Open_Octos TH would nationalize all systemically important financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Open_Quarters TH supports the establishment of a Black secessionary state within the territory of the United States, the founding of which is supported by the American government.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Open_Semis THBT non-western countries who were once colonized, when fabricating the material culture of national identity (anthems, street names, holidays, flag, etc.) should privilege pre colonial history and notions of indigeneity over themes of anti colonial resistance.
2016-01-01 Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Open_Final THBT the world's poor would be justified in pursuing complete Marxist revolution.