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Birmingham IV This house regrets Disney's use of indigenous characters and settings in their films
Birmingham IV 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
Birmingham IV This house believes that the Trump administration should abandon the One-China policy
Birmingham IV In post conflict societies, This house would grant amnesty to perpetrators of crimes rather than seeking prosecutions
Birmingham IV This house would make membership of Trade Unions compulsory
Birmingham IV This house would ban organisations from promoting abstinence
Birmingham IV This house regrets the inclusion of the People's Mobilization Forces in the war against the Islamic State
Birmingham IV This house believes that Eastern European states should destroy monuments from their Soviet Union period
Riga IV THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
Riga IV THBT search engines should deprioritise search or autocomplete results with sexist, racist or otherwise offensive content
Riga IV TH regrets the promotion of religion in countries formerly ruled by communist regimes in Eastern Europe
Riga IV THBT the US should abandon all military support for and impose economic sanctions on the Philippines
Riga IV THBT the governments of Brazil and Peru should contact uncontacted Amazonian tribes
Riga IV TH supports the use of referendums when deciding whether to permit same sex marriage
Riga IV THBT governments in the developing world should limit migration to megacities
Riga IV THBT Italy should have voted ‘si’ in last week’s referendum on constitutional reform
Riga IV 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
Sheffield IV 2016 THR the existence of religious political parties
Sheffield IV 2016 THBT the state should not fund blueskies research
Sheffield IV 2016 TH opposes the popularisation of BDSM
Sheffield IV 2016 THBT using Human Shield tactics, by the weaker side, is legitimate in asymmetrical wars
Sheffield IV 2016 THBT individuals should only fund charities that follow effective altruism
Sheffield IV 2016 THW prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes
Moscow Open 2016 THW Give Extra Votes to Individuals who Live in Areas with Consistently Low Voter Turnout
Moscow Open 2016 This House Believes That the state should pay a salary to stay-at-home parents
Moscow Open 2016 Given the existence of "SASP Glasses" technology, This House Would ban them.
Moscow Open 2016 This House Believes That western tech companies should collectively refuse to comply with the Russian personal information law
Moscow Open 2016 This House Believes That developed nations should not recruit high-skilled workers (Such as doctors, engineers, etc.) from developing countries
Moscow Open 2016 Given the ability to accurately measure the moral track record of a person, This House Would criminalize having a consistently negative moral track record
Moscow Open 2016 This House Believes that the Election of Donald Trump Serves the Interests of Russian Citizens
Cork IV This House Believes That teachers should contradict curriculum that they believe will be harmful to society
Cork IV This House Believes That feminists should actively adopt stereotypically "male" traits (such as being assertive, emotionally distant, "man-spreading" etc.)
Cork IV This House Would never offer a reduced sentence in return for information relating to other crimes
Cork IV 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
Cork IV This House Would give the African Union passport to all citizens of African Union member states
Tilbury House IV THW allow plaintiffs to sell to third parties their right to sue.
Tilbury House IV THR the prominence given to celebrity endorsements of politicians and political parties
Tilbury House IV THW apply an environmental tax to cheap mass-produced clothing
Tilbury House IV TH, as a female visitor to WestWorld, would choose to wear a black hat.
Tilbury House IV THBT developing nations with ethnically diverse populations should prohibit vernacular schools"
Tilbury House IV THBT NATO should create a 'safe zone' in rebel-held territory within Syria
Tilbury House IV 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
CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 This house prefers secular governments that exclude all religion from public spaces to those that allow all religions in public.
CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 This house believes that nations should invest in regional human rights institutions at the expense of global institutions (such as the ICC).
CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 This house regrets the rise of choice feminism
CMS Cambridge Women's Open 2016 This house believes that opposition parties in Latin America should seek incremental transitions of power rather than the recall or overthrow of ruling parties.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 THBT liberals should refrain from using terms such as bigot, racist, sexist etc to describe people or positions they disagree with
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 THW transition to a cashless society
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 THW greatly reduce economic prosperity, progress and growth in favour of increasing individual’s leisure time
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 THW not prosecute former child soldiers for offences committed as adults
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 THW require all companies over a certain size to be fully publicly listed
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2016 This house believes that environmental NGOs should promote genetic engineering
Cambridge IV This House would abolish all government schemes that provide grants, tax-breaks or loans at preferential terms to home buyers
Cambridge IV 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
Cambridge IV This House believes that governments should make available a publicly searchable database containing the income, wealth and taxes paid by all citizens
Cambridge IV This House would prohibit the use of predictive algorithms in criminal trials
Cambridge IV This House, as Israel, opposes a Iran nuclear deal
Cambridge IV This House believes that membership of the EAEU is in the interests of Central Asian states.
Cambridge IV This House would allow individuals to sue the government when the government has failed to provide a basic standard of living.
Cambridge IV This House believes that states should focus on negotiating bilateral trade agreements over large, regional agreements such as the TPP and RCEP.
Cambridge IV This House prefers a world in which Islam is structured around a strong, central governing authority (e.g. The Pope in Catholicism)
Oxford IV 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.
Oxford IV This House would allow negative voting.
Oxford IV This House believes that armies should indoctrinate soldiers to take their own lives in the event that they fall captive to the enemy.
Oxford IV This House believes that the state should promote the norm of the 'single life'.
Oxford IV This House believes that NATO should expel members that do not meet the organisation's defence spending targets.
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THW permit the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THBT university students should be required to work in their countries of origin for a temporary period after graduation
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THBT the media should show the full horrors of war
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THBT democracy is on the streets and not on the ballot box
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THR the rise of slum tourism
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THW ban blood sport
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 TH supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THW abandon nuclear energy
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THW suspend labor laws in times of economic crisis
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THBT the media should not comment on the electability of politicians
Indian Schools Debating Society Chennai Leagues, 2016 THW create and enforce filial responsibility laws
Yale IV THW abolish all occupational licensing.
Yale IV THBT western nations fighting the Islamic state should commit to the creation of an independent Kurdish state.
Yale IV This house believes that religious officials (e.g. priests, imams, rabbis) should not make statements in support of political policies, parties, or candidates.
Yale IV TH supports the continued remilitarization of Japan.
Yale IV THB that all museums, galleries, and cultural institutions should offer to return exhibits to their countries/communities of origin.
Yale IV THW nationalize credit rating agencies.
Yale IV THBT identity-based social movements should prioritize the majority population's acceptance of that identity over preservation of a distinct culture.
Yale IV TH fears the development of independent artificial intelligence.
Yale IV THBT a rise in global oil prices is in the interest of the West.
Yale IV THS supreme court rulings based on natural rights not enumerated in constitutions.
Yale IV TH believes in God.
Huber Debates 2016 thw implement mandatory paternity leave for new fathers
Huber Debates 2016 thbt countries should implement strong worker protection laws even at the cost of economic growth (ie, collective bargaining, overtime hours, worker compensation, etc)
Huber Debates 2016 thw deny tax-exempt status to religious institutions that restrict women from accessing leadership or teaching roles
Huber Debates 2016 THBT jewish-americans have a moral obligation to suspend their participation in organizations (hillel, birthright, aipac, etc) that endorses israel’s current settlement program
Huber Debates 2016 Thw create an international organization to facilitate private individuals suing foreign governments for causing serious harms to their communities
Huber Debates 2016 Thw allow voters to repeal legislation using citizen referenda initiated referenda passed by a ⅔ popular vote majority
Huber Debates 2016 In regions with severe, widespread violence against women, ths acts of vigilante justice in response to gendered assaults (israel egypt)
Huber Debates 2016 thbt the kurdish people should abandon attempts to establish an independent state, in favour of seeking greater poliitical inclusion in iraq and in turkey
Huber Debates 2016 THR the decline of Black Militant Groups (i.e. the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army
JADE College Cup 2016 TH, as the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, would significantly reduce summer holidays
JADE College Cup 2016 This House Supports the celebration of Halloween in Jamaica
JADE College Cup 2016 THBT religious institutions should not receive tax exemptions or other legal privileges - Grand Finals
Belgrade Open 2016 THW prosecute violent fouls in sports as criminal assault
Belgrade Open 2016 THBT ICC should forcefeed detainees going on hunger strike.
Belgrade Open 2016 TH, as China, would allow women, and only women, to marry multiple male partners
Belgrade Open 2016 THBT Israel should Privatize the West Bank Checkpoints
Belgrade Open 2016 THR the overwhelming narrative of good triumphing over evil in childrens
Belgrade Open 2016 THW rather be a part of “Club 27” thank live an average anonymous
Belgrade Open 2016 In retrospect, THW have preferred Truth and Reconciliation Comissions over the ICTY to deal with the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars
Munich Open THW limit the time in office for heads of state to two terms
Munich Open THB that the EU should actively support "Women on Waves".
Munich Open THW allow third parties (i.e. individuals or companies) who have been harmed by a workers strike to sue the union(s) for damages.
Munich Open TH opposes the Black Lives Matters' endorsement of BDS."
Munich Open In countries with public healthcare, THW not cover life prolonging treatments for the elderly.
Munich Open THBT European countries should compel migrants and refugees to attend lessons about the sexual norms prevalent in the country.
Munich Open THW ban cash in the developed world
The QUB Open THW ban essential service workers from striking.
The QUB Open THS the creation of Personal Artificially Intelligent Robotic Romantic Partners.
The QUB Open THB Violent Protest is Legitimate.
The QUB Open THBT the South Korean Government should ban propaganda balloons.
The QUB Open THBT televised debates between the leaders of major parties before general elections do more harm than good.
The QUB Open THS the destruction of historical artifacts seen to glorify atrocities.
The QUB Open THBT the Northern Irish government should aggressively promote a distinct 'Northern Irish' Identity.
Helsinki Mini TH regrets the rise of TV talent shows
Helsinki Mini THW ban zero-hour contracts
Helsinki Mini THW prohibit people with criminal records from running for political office
Helsinki Mini TH regrets the rise of pop feminism
Helsinki Mini TH believes that it would be in Russia's interest to abandon the goal of becoming a global superpower rivaling the US
SOAS IV TH would ban private healthcare
SOAS IV TH would require children, to the extent they are able, to financially support their parents in old age
SOAS IV TH regrets the remilitarisation of Japan
SOAS IV TH would ban foreign states from funding religious organisations
SOAS IV 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
Trivium Tournament TH believes that feminist female students should boycott students’ corps
Trivium Tournament TH would prosecute the editor-in-chief when the magazine they are in charge of publishes falsehoods
Trivium Tournament TH would disqualify the entire amateur football club for one competition season when there are acts of violence on or around the playing field
Trivium Tournament TH would legalise a market for organs
Trivium Tournament TH would prefer a monocultural society over a multicultural society
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THP a unified state-dominated public policy research landscape to one dominated by ideologically defined think tanks
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THBT Kashmir should strive for independence rather than political unification with Pakistan
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THP a world where the notion of the afterlife is based on karmic balance and not divine mercy
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 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
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THBT Islamic Authorities in South East Asia should issue a fatwa declaring Wahhabism to be un-Islamic
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THBT western social justice groups (feminist advocacy groups, LGBT advocacy groups) should have a local agenda, as opposed to a global agenda
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THR regrets the market’s erosion of the nation state
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 THR the rise of New Atheism.
North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 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.
Roosevelt Open As Adopting Parents, TH would tell its child it is adopted only after its teenage years
Roosevelt Open TH would ban all non-medical research into the genetics of race (For example, the effect of race on intelligence, morality, etc.)
Roosevelt Open TH would allow the police to use entrapment
Roosevelt Open 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)
Roosevelt Open TH believes that developing nations should ban political parties from handing out food and basic necessities.
Roosevelt Open TH regrets the Colombian government's decision to hold a referendum on the FARC peace deal.
Roosevelt Open THW prefer a world where people cannot lie
Roosevelt Open 2016 As adoptive parents, THW only tell their children they're adopted after their teenage years.
Roosevelt Open 2016 THW ban non-medical research into genetics of race.
Roosevelt Open 2016 THW allow the police to use entrapment.
Roosevelt Open 2016 THR the hook-up culture.
Roosevelt Open 2016 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).
Imperial Novices TH supports Tiger Parenting.
Imperial Novices TH regrets the rise of the On-Demand Economy.
Imperial Novices TH would allow teacher unions to veto education policy that is not linked to pay and benefits.
Imperial Novices TH believes that the United States should militarily intervene (put boots on the ground) in Syria and Iraq.
Imperial Novices TH would not allow tech companies/social media to target advertising in order to change people's political ideology.
Imperial Novices TH would let the captured wives and children of former or current Boko Haram soldiers choose to live in open society.
Edinburgh Cup TH would introduce academic streaming.
Edinburgh Cup TH supports voluntourism.
Edinburgh Cup TH, as the state, would aggressively fund GMO research.
Edinburgh Cup TH believes that Japan should acquire nuclear weapons.
Edinburgh Cup TH regrets the culture of casual sex.
Edinburgh Cup TH, as an astronaut, would take part in Mars One (one way trip to Mars).
Edinburgh Cup TH believes that the USA should never use the language of American exceptionalism.
Imperial Open TH would allow communities to pay for increased police presence in their area
Imperial Open TH would implement a negative income tax.
Imperial Open TH would nationalise SpaceX’s mission to colonise Mars.
Imperial Open TH supports the privatisation of Saudi Aramco.
Imperial Open TH believes that secular states should force the Catholic church to accept the ordination of female bishops.
Imperial Open TH believes that the EU should end its commitment to the free movement of people as a core principle of the single market.
Hart House IV 2016 THW allow the prosecution of news organizations for knowingly publishing false information, even when that information is not defamatory
Hart House IV 2016 Assuming they exist, THW prefer not to know the identity of one'a soulmate
Hart House IV 2016 THBT the government of Colombia should ignore the result of the October 2nd referendum and implement the Peace Deal
Hart House IV 2016 THW not reveal the identity of authors who choose pseudonymity
Hart House IV 2016 TH prefers a world without Wikileaks
Riga Pro-Am THW abolish the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy
Riga Pro-Am THW require all media organizations hosting major pre-election debates to provide live fact-checking of speakers' claims
Riga Pro-Am THR the negative attitude towards Golddiggers
Riga Pro-Am TH, as the Baltic states, would incentivize brain drain from Belarus to the Baltics.
Riga Pro-Am THBT liberal parties in Europe should abandon their focus on being pro-immigration
UCL President’s Cup TH supports the creation of wethouses.
UCL President’s Cup TH believes that major political decisions should be made by parliament rather than a public referendum.
UCL President’s Cup TH believes that states should make developmental aid contingent on the human rights record of the recipient country.
UCL President’s Cup TH would impose fines on public acts of climate change denial.
UCL President’s Cup TH supports the creation of grammar schools.
UCL President’s Cup TH supports Wikileaks continuing to publish the documents it acquires, even if they reveal private information about civilians.
UCL President’s Cup TH would allow soldiers to opt-out from military missions on the basis of conscience.
UCD IV 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.
UCD IV TH would impose a cap on the amount of money parents are allowed to spend on their children (excluding essential healthcare and disability needs).
UCD IV TH believes that Hillary Clinton should put her experience overcoming sexism to the forefront of her campaign.
UCD IV TH regrets this trend.
UCD IV TH believes that progressive parties should advocate and campaign for the introduction of UBI.
UCD IV TH believes that Putin has been good for Russia.
UCD IV TH believes that feminists should oppose capitalism.
UCD Novice TH believes that the Feminist Movement should rebrand as Egalitarianism.
UCD Novice TH supports essential services workers rights to strike.
UCD Novice TH would prosecute the perpetrators of Bloody Sunday.
UCD Novice TH supports the end of the Hannibal Directive.
ISIC TH believes that the governments of developing nations should actively encourage slum tourism
ISIC TH believes that states should stop identifying citizens by their race or religion
ISIC TH believes that ASEAN should give up all efforts toward greater political and economic integration
ISIC TH believes that it is in Indonesia’s interests to join the TPP
Aztec Invitational 2016 THBT the Right to Rest should be upheld in all public spaces.
Aztec Invitational 2016 THW require multi-national corporations to adhere to labor and wage standards exceeding those set by ANY individual nation.
Aztec Invitational 2016 THW stop playing “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Aztec Invitational 2016 THW make the provision or sale of junk food and soda to children under the age of consent illegal.
Aztec Invitational 2016 THBT Canada should allow foreigners to access their right to die policy.
Aztec Invitational 2016 THBT College and professional teams should be held accountable when their competitors or coaches commit sexual assault.
Aztec Invitational 2016 THBT China “should fix” North Korea.
Aztec Invitational 2016 THR the Generation War (Millennials vs. Baby Boomers)
HWS IV 2016 THW allocate scholarships and financial aid exclusively on the basis of financial need
HWS IV 2016 THS the continued consumption of old novels and films that endorse- even tacitly- the beliefs that today would be considered bigoted
HWS IV 2016 THW ban funding by third parties of tortious lltigiation
HWS IV 2016 THW sanction the intelligence, military, and political leaders of Pakistan.
HWS IV 2016 THBT the feminist movement should campaign for the equal sexualization of men in the media as opposed to campaigning against the sexualization of women
HWS IV 2016 THR the automation of jobs previously performed by humans (eg self driving cars, self checkouts)
HWS IV 2016 THW factor public horror into the punishment of a crime
HWS IV 2016 THBT the European Union should impose punitive measures on the UK in the Brexit negotiations.
HWS IV 2016 THR the inculcation of national identity through shared rituals (eg national ceremonies, anthems, pledges of allegiance, etc)
HWS IV 2016 THR the new politics of the campus left
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THW require all public and private schools to teach Darwin’s theory of evolution as a scientific consensus. [Round 1]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THW cede control of all national parks to indigenous tribes. [Round 2]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THW impose prohibition on alcohol consumption for all college students. [Round 3]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 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]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THW require all Olympic sponsors to donate equal amounts of money to the Paralympics. [Round 5]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THS a military coalition between the US and the Syrian government in the fight against ISIS. [Round 6]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THBT niantic should provide user location from Pokemon Go to the police [Quarters]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THB the place for athletes’ protests is off the field not on it [Semi’s/Novice Finals]
Northeast Regional Opener 2016 Brad Smith Debate Tournament THBT the UK should not leave the EU regardless of the referendum [Finals]
Red Sea Open TH, as Catholics, would oppose the canonisation of Mother Theresa.
Red Sea Open 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.
Red Sea Open TH believes that the life in the cartel is a better life for Tony Montana than a life of following the law.
Red Sea Open 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.
Red Sea Open TH believes that Japan should depict the act of Inseki-Jisatsu as cowardly.
Red Sea Open TH believes that liberal states should provide legal and financial aid to citizens who wish to permanently emigrate from them.
Red Sea Open TH believes that it is within the interest of Tibetans to assimilate with China.
Red Sea Open TH would allow the “Cultural Defence” in all criminal proceedings.
Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy THBT governments should strictly regulate construction and renovation in order to preserve historical architecture (buildings, parks, public spaces etc).
Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy THW ban self-learning sex robots that aim to be highly gratifying and realistic
Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy THW permanently remove from service Imams who are stationed in places where an honour killing has occured
Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy THW not use scientific data acquired through non-ethical experiments
Istanbul Meridyen Debating Academy THW rebuild the Husartsan memorial
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH regrets the rise of social media as a primary source of news distribution
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH supports Barack Obama's statements that emphasise African- Americans taking individual responsibility for improving their own position in life
Warsaw EUDC 2016 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
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH supports strong government intervention to prevent gentrification* *process when significant numbers of wealthier people move to a poor area
Warsaw EUDC 2016 THBT the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra should regularly play the works of Richard Wagner
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH regrets the mass commercialisation of football
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH supports Sanctuary Cities in the United States
Warsaw EUDC 2016 THBT Latin American states should provide extensive material support for a military coup against the Venezualan government
Warsaw EUDC 2016 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
Warsaw EUDC 2016 THBT Western States should fund the spread of atheism in Iraq through provision of education, health care and welfare
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH regrets the safe space movement’s attempts to significantly limit speech on university campuses
Warsaw EUDC 2016 THBT western nations should support breakaway states in former Soviet Union (e.g. East Ukraine or South Ossetia) after free and fair referendum.
Warsaw EUDC 2016 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
Warsaw EUDC 2016 THW require the economic policies of political parties to be approved by an independent panel of experts before being used in campaigns
Warsaw EUDC 2016 TH supports Iran’s extension of the Sharia principle of “an eye for an eye” to the victims of acid attacks
Warsaw EUDC 2016 THW nationalize and provide public access to the Metadata being gathered by online multinational companies.
SSE Riga Debate Academy THW remove all sin taxes
SSE Riga Debate Academy THW ban the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (armed drones) during warfare
SSE Riga Debate Academy THW give parents full access to their children's social media accounts
SSE Riga Debate Academy THS vigilantism in areas of severe socio-economic deprivation
SSE Riga Debate Academy THW create a standing army for the European Union
Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 TH, as a feminist, believes that Kim Kardashian is a force for good.
Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 THW not give development aid to authoritarian countries.
Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 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.)
Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 THW remove the executive's ability to grant pardons (i.e. to cancel the legal consequences of a conviction).
Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 THR The rise of "clean living" gurus
Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2016 THW Partition Syria into 3 countries; Kurds, Sunnis and Alawites
Bristol Open 2016 THW financially incentivise businesses to diversify their boards
Bristol Open 2016 THS the objectification of men by women in popular media
Bristol Open 2016 THBT individuals should have the right to remove photos of themselves published without their permission, and sue for damages
Bristol Open 2016 THW ban footballers who commit racist actions for life
Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) TH supports ‘direct action’
Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) TH supports a system of blind voting
Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) 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.
Dutch Mace 2016 (The Netherlands) THBT Jitse Akse should not be punished for his fight in Syria
Helsinki Open 2016 THW allow the police and intelligence agencies unrestricted access to the internet history and online communications of all citizens.
Helsinki Open 2016 THB that artists from dominant cultural groups should not seek to portray minority cultures.
Helsinki Open 2016 THW remove exemptions from anti-discrimination law for religious organisations.
Helsinki Open 2016 THW require all teams participating in international football competitions to have an equal representation of both sexes.
Helsinki Open 2016 TH supports minority ethnic parties.
Helsinki Open 2016 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).
The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 THR the presence of heterosexual cisgender politicians at Pride parades
The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 THW allow companies to include a clause in their employment contracts for women where that woman legally agrees not to get pregnant
The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 THW remove the UK's exemption from the refugee quota penalty
The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 TH as a school teacher would not refer children to child protection services in the case of concerns about their radicalisation
The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 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
The Baillie Gifford Oxford Women's Open 2016 THBT white authors should not publish their reviews on Beyonce's album
Maastricht Open 2016 THBT the Mexican govenment should retroactively legalise the production and distribution of drugs
Maastricht Open 2016 TH prefers governments to make cash transfers to individuals in recipient countries over government-to-government development aid
Maastricht Open 2016 TH supports the recasting of male action heroes and superheroes as female
Maastricht Open 2016 THW terminate the special relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia
Maastricht Open 2016 THR the rise of anti-establishment candidates within mainstream parties (e.g. Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn)
Maastricht Open 2016 TH regrets the idolization of soldiers and veterans
Maastricht Open 2016 THBT the UN should hire private military corporations to carry out its peacekeeping operations
Maastricht Open 2016 THW require all 18-year-olds (in Western Liberal Democracies) to go on a Rumspringa
Cardiff Open 2016 THW require all news media organisations to select and publicly state a political affiliation
Cardiff Open 2016 THBT Western Liberal Democracies should drastically reallocate funds from development aid budgets to research into Neglected Tropical Diseases
Cardiff Open 2016 THBT the International Monetary Fund should require states in need of Bailouts to provide collateral (e.g. Mining rights, land, shares in privatised assets)
Cardiff Open 2016 THBT Norway should back off from oil drilling in the Arctic
Cardiff Open 2016 THW prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences
Cardiff Open 2016 THW prefer Afterlife A over Afterlife B
GUU Womens 2016 THBT governments should not fund reconstruction in areas prone to natural disasters.
GUU Womens 2016 THW reinstate bussing in the US.
GUU Womens 2016 THW pay stay at home parents.
GUU Womens 2016 THBT both elected and unelected party leaders should not play a role in the nomination process (through super delegates or brokered conventions)
GUU Ancients 2016 THBT all European Football Associations should aggressively redistribute income from successful to less successful clubs within their own country.
GUU Ancients 2016 THW abolish the distinction between an attempted and a completed crime.
GUU Ancients 2016 THW introduce a binding direct democracy app.
GUU Ancients 2016 THW break up banks deemed "too big to fail".
GUU Ancients 2016 TH, as the SNP, would never vote on UK legislation which does not extend territorially to Scotland.
GUU Ancients 2016 THBT people of colour activist groups, such as the NAACP, should pursue a race-blind society.
GUU Ancients 2016 THBT civilians are a legitimate target in conflict.
NZ Easters 2016 This house believes that European media outlets should refrain from reporting on crimes committed by refugees - Round 1
NZ Easters 2016 This house would compel media to declare a political bias - Round 1
NZ Easters 2016 THS former colonial states involvement in propping up autocratic, but stable, regimes in Africa - Round 2
NZ Easters 2016 Sam Childers, the “Machine Gun Preacher” is an American citizen who travelled to Sudan in order to take up arms against the Lords Resistance Army (a terrorist organsation). Childers has set up a local resistance network that does not co-ordinate with the Sudanese state and employs violent methods to resist the LRA. THS Sam Childers - Round 2
NZ Easters 2016 THS protesters who protest at political gatherings with the aim of causing them to be cancelled - Round 3
NZ Easters 2016 This house would set term limits for MPs in Parliament. - Round 3
NZ Easters 2016 You are a research scientist working for a large pharmaceutical corporation. You accidentally discover a drug which indefinitely delays the aging process for as long as it is taken (and produces gold). No-one else is aware of what you have done. THW destroy all evidence of your discovery - Round 4
NZ Easters 2016 TH, as an embattled ruler (in Westeros), would arm religious fanatics in order to bolster your rule - Round 4
NZ Easters 2016 TH, as an embattled ruler (in Westeros), would arm religious fanatics in order to bolster your rule - Round 4
NZ Easters 2016 In 49BC, the general Julius Caesar attempted to return from a successful campaign in Gaul to Rome. The Roman Senate, fearing Caesar’s popularity with his army and the people, issued an ultimatum that Caesar was to not cross the border marked by the River Rubicon, else he would be named a traitor and spark a civil war. TH, as Caesar, would cross the Rubicon - Round 5
NZ Easters 2016 Following the total defeat of the French army in 1940, the British Government received an offer of peace from Nazi Germany. Any terms would have left Hitler in control of continental Europe, but would have prevented (at least in the short-term) an attack on Britain. The Cabinet of new Prime Minister Winston Churchill was divided over whether to enter into negotiations. TH, as Winston Churchill, would argue against peace - Round 5
NZ Easters 2016 In 49BC, the general Julius Caesar attempted to return from a successful campaign in Gaul to Rome. The Roman Senate, fearing Caesar’s popularity with his army and the people, issued an ultimatum that Caesar was to not cross the border marked by the River Rubicon, else he would be named a traitor and spark a civil war. TH, as Caesar, would cross the Rubicon - Round 5
NZ Easters 2016 Following the total defeat of the French army in 1940, the British Government received an offer of peace from Nazi Germany. Any terms would have left Hitler in control of continental Europe, but would have prevented (at least in the short-term) an attack on Britain. The Cabinet of new Prime Minister Winston Churchill was divided over whether to enter into negotiations. TH, as Winston Churchill, would argue against peace - Round 5
NZ Easters 2016 THB that South Korea should develop nuclear weapons - Round 6
NZ Easters 2016 The South China Sea is the cause of several territorial and resource-based disputes between several surrounding nations. China has been a particularly aggressive claimant of rights to resources and territory within the area. The United States publicly disagrees with China’s claims and has deployed military vessels into the area to “by monitor the situation”. THB the United States should end all involvement in the dispute - Round 6
NZ Easters 2016 THB that South Korea should develop nuclear weapons - Round 6
NZ Easters 2016 The South China Sea is the cause of several territorial and resource-based disputes between several surrounding nations. China has been a particularly aggressive claimant of rights to resources and territory within the area. The United States publicly disagrees with China’s claims and has deployed military vessels into the area to “by monitor the situation”. THB the United States should end all involvement in the dispute - Round 6
NZ Easters 2016 THW give conscientious objectors equal status to veterans in government memorialisation of war - Round 7
NZ Easters 2016 THS white progressives criticising illiberal practices in non-Western and/or minority cultures - Round 7
NZ Easters 2016 THW give conscientious objectors equal status to veterans in government memorialisation of war - Round 7
NZ Easters 2016 THS white progressives criticising illiberal practices in non-Western and/or minority cultures - Round 7
NZ Easters 2016 This house, as the GOP establishment, would prevent Donald Trump from receiving the nomination in a contested convention even if he receives the largest share of delegates - Round 8
NZ Easters 2016 This house, as the GOP senate leadership, would support Merrick Garland’s nomination for the Supreme Court - Round 8
NZ Easters 2016 This house, as the GOP establishment, would prevent Donald Trump from receiving the nomination in a contested convention even if he receives the largest share of delegates - Round 8
NZ Easters 2016 This house, as the GOP senate leadership, would support Merrick Garland’s nomination for the Supreme Court - Round 8
NZ Easters 2016 THB progressives should refrain from criticising Caitlyn Jenner’s endorsement of Ted Cruz - Semi Final 1
NZ Easters 2016 THR the reliance on land settlements as reparation for colonial injustices - Semi Final 2
NZ Easters 2016 THR that cultural identities and practices are primarily bound to racial heritage- Semi Final 2
NZ Easters 2016 THB progressives should refrain from criticising Caitlyn Jenner’s endorsement of Ted Cruz - Semi Final 1
NZ Easters 2016 THR the reliance on land settlements as reparation for colonial injustices - Semi Final 2
NZ Easters 2016 THR that cultural identities and practices are primarily bound to racial heritage- Semi Final 2
NZ Easters 2016 Cecil Rhodes was the creator of the Rhodes scholarship for Oxford. He was also a British imperialist known for beginning enforced racial segregation in South Africa and for his belief in the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race. He is commemorated in a number of ways at Oxford University, including through a prominent statute. A student movement called “Rhodes must fall” is campaigning for the university to remove all references to him from the campus. THBT Rhodes must fall - Grand Final
NZ Easters 2016 TH, as a police officer in the United States who witnesses a minor non-violent crime being committed by an African American individual, would refrain from arresting that individual - Grand Final
NZ Easters 2016 Cecil Rhodes was the creator of the Rhodes scholarship for Oxford. He was also a British imperialist known for beginning enforced racial segregation in South Africa and for his belief in the superiority of the Anglo-Saxon race. He is commemorated in a number of ways at Oxford University, including through a prominent statute. A student movement called “Rhodes must fall” is campaigning for the university to remove all references to him from the campus. THBT Rhodes must fall - Grand Final
NZ Easters 2016 TH, as a police officer in the United States who witnesses a minor non-violent crime being committed by an African American individual, would refrain from arresting that individual - Grand Final
Durham Australs That we should tax and redistribute wealth contained in university endowment funds
Durham Australs That universities should make use of quotas for ideological groups (e.g. conservatives) for teaching and research staff
Durham Australs That the state should employ more non university graduates and use tax penalties to encourage other employers to do the same
Durham Australs That the EU should require member states to set common rules and rates for corporate taxation
Durham Australs That investors should divest from fossil fuel companies
Durham Australs That the US should have aggressively pushed for the inclusion of China in the TPP
Durham Australs That as the Catholic church we should deny communion to politicians who vote contrary to its teachings
Durham Australs That we should have a truth and reconciliation commission for Catholic church abuse
Durham Australs That the West should seek to fund moderate Islamic religious groups in the Middle East
Durham Australs That Pacific Rim countries should make Australian participation in future trade agreements contingent on the abandonment of their asylum seeker detention policy
Durham Australs That Australia should automatically trigger an election when the governing party replaces the prime minister
Durham Australs That despite the opposition of the Myanmar government the international community should set up a safe haven for the Rohingyas in Myanmar
Durham Australs That we should apply the same criminal sanctions to late term abortions and infanticide
Durham Australs That we should replace the institution of the family with well run state child raising facilities
Durham Australs That we should allow individuals to enter contracts specifying conditions on their relationship e.g. salary level, weight limits, frequency of sex
Durham Australs That we regret the possibility of jury nullification
Durham Australs That we should implement Good Samaritan laws (legally obliging bystanders to assist those in danger, unless doing so would place them at serious risk)
Durham Australs That illegally gathered evidence should be admissible in court
Durham Australs That state level affiliates of the Democratic Party in conservative states should disaffiliate and establish a new party
Durham Australs That US presidential primaries in all states should be run on the same date
Durham Australs 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
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House would provide free, safe drugs to individuals with addictions.
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House prefers collective parenting.
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House believes that major social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) should censor bigotry
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House, as the United States, would engage in cyber-attacks against Russia.
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House would grant legal personhood to land.
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House believes that it is unethical to bring a new child into this world.
Canadian BP Nationals 2016 This House would program the robots to hide the existence of past human life on Earth
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 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).
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 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.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 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.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 THW suspend trade unions and labour protection laws in times of economic crisis.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 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.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 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).
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 THW release inmates from jail solely on the basis of their rehabilitation and not upon the completion of a predetermined period of time.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 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.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 THBT jobs that are deemed to be of moral value or societal importance should have their wages set by the state.
Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 THBT using Human Shield tactics, by the weaker side, can be justified in a-symmetrical wars.
Liverpool IV 2016 THBT schools should aggressively stream students, according to their ability, from a young age.
Liverpool IV 2016 TH prefers a criminal justice system that pursues criminal and civil charges against individuals within companies, rather than fines against the entire company.
Liverpool IV 2016 THBT Western States should support and engineer coups in militarily weak states they identify as having authoritarian leaders.
Liverpool IV 2016 THW compel news media to give coverage to all demonstrations proportionate to the size of that demonstration.
Liverpool IV 2016 THW remove all legal restrictions on categories of weapons which can be used in war.
Liverpool IV 2016 THBT the Gotham City Police Force should seek to offer Wayne employment as an officer within their force.
UCL Clifford Chance IV This House believes that Western States should irrevocably remove citizenship of citizens who join the so-called Islamic State
UCL Clifford Chance IV This House would weight shareholder votes in line with the length of time their shares have been held.
UCL Clifford Chance IV This House believes that voters should always vote on policy and principles regardless of electability in all elections (general, local, or party leadership).
UCL Clifford Chance IV 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.
UCL Clifford Chance IV This House believes that welfare and pensions policy should be determined by a panel of experts selected by their peers, not accountable to government.
UCL Clifford Chance IV This House, as a feminist, would adopt traditionally masculine traits and behaviours
UCL Clifford Chance IV 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.
UCL Clifford Chance IV This House would prefer a world without sexual attraction
UCL Clifford Chance IV 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.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THBT Western States should irrevocably remove citizenship of citizens who join the so-called Islamic State.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 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.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THBT voters should always vote on policy and principles regardless of electability in all elections (general, local, or party leadership).
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THBT film studios should seek to select racially diverse casts when converting books into films even if it differs from the original character descriptions.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THBT welfare and pensions policy should be determined by a panel of experts selected by their peers, not accountable to government.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 TH, as a feminist, would adopt traditionally masculine traits and behaviours.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THBT the US-led coalition should no longer insist on Assad stepping down as part of their negotiations with Russia over Syria.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THW prefer a world without sexual attraction.
UCL Clifford Chance IV 2016 THBT a minimal state is justified.
Budapest Open 2016 THW ban private political donations, and fund all political parties and campaigns from general taxation.
Budapest Open 2016 THW ban private political donations, and fund all political parties and campaigns from general taxation.
Budapest Open 2016 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.
Budapest Open 2016 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.
Budapest Open 2016 THBT Oskar Gröning should not have been prosecuted.
Budapest Open 2016 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.
Budapest Open 2016 THBT European Leaders should not have agreed to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership.
Budapest Open 2016 THBT European Leaders should not have agreed to renegotiate the terms of Britain's EU membership.
Budapest Open 2016 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.
Budapest Open 2016 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.
Budapest Open 2016 This House supports the French government's decision to dismantle the "Calais jungle."
Budapest Open 2016 THBT Barack Obama should nominate an individual considered to be a moderate conservative by US citizens to the Supreme Court.
Budapest Open 2016 THBT Barack Obama should nominate an individual considered to be a moderate conservative by US citizens to the Supreme Court.
Budapest Open 2016 THW ban all further research into artificial intelligence that can independently learn and develop.
Budapest Open 2016 THW ban all further research into artificial intelligence that can independently learn and develop.
Surrey IV 2016 THBT Britain should leave the EU.
Surrey IV 2016 THW abolish private home ownership.
Surrey IV 2016 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.
Surrey IV 2016 THBT the United States should abolish political parties.
Surrey IV 2016 THBT Saudi Arabia should privatise Saudi Aramco and list it on the NY Stock Exchange.
Lancaster IV 2016 TH welcomes the proliferation of porn online.
Lancaster IV 2016 THW remove 'Gone with The Wind' from the National Film Registry
Lancaster IV 2016 THBT the UN Should unilterally recognise Catalan independence.
Lancaster IV 2016 THW Ban research on genome editing.
Lancaster IV 2016 As a democratic state that has come under unprovoked nuclear attack from another democratic state THW launch a nuclear counter-attack.
Lancaster IV 2016 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.
Lancaster IV 2016 THS People's Quantitative Easing.
Lancaster IV 2016 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.
UL Open 2016 THW replace means tested welfare with a regular, unconditional and Universal Basic Income paid by the State to all residents.
UL Open 2016 THW Allow convicts who are parents to raise their children in prison.
UL Open 2016 THB School History curricula should teach a unanimously and graphically negative account of the impacts of Western colonialism.
UL Open 2016 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.
UL Open 2016 THW Ban all advertising.
UL Open 2016 THW Celebrate Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road as a feminist Icon.
UL Open 2016 TH rejects the right to privacy.
Leiden Open THW ban fortune telling
Leiden Open THW directly elect the members of the US Supreme Court
Leiden Open THBT schools should motivate children to believe that anyone can succeed through hard work regardless of their background
Leiden Open THW grant those diagnosed with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing
Leiden Open THBT post conflict governments should recruit rebel soldiers into state armies
Leiden Open THW would allow the armed forces to unionise, strike, and collectively bargain
Leiden Open THW allow individuals to sell their right to sue to a third party
Leiden Open THW enact an immediate democracy
North American Women's (@ Hart House) THR the rise of dating apps (e.g. Tinder, Grindr, Hitch, Hinge,etc.)
North American Women's (@ Hart House) THBT continued membership in the UN should be contingent on countries opting into universal jurisdiction.
North American Women's (@ Hart House) 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.)
North American Women's (@ Hart House) 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.
North American Women's (@ Hart House) THS legal abortions for men.
North American Women's (@ Hart House) THW preference a strong social media over a physical presence in protest culture.
North American Women's (@ Hart House) TH, as the Nicaraguan people, opposes the construction of the Nicaraguan Canal.
North American Women's (@ Hart House) THW prefer a world in which people are sedated to experience only mild emotions.
Nottingham Open This House would ban essential service providers from striking
Nottingham Open This House believes that the music press should publish unrepresentatively negative reviews of the music of artists whose conduct they view as reprehensible
Nottingham Open This House believes that supreme/constitutional courts should not have the power to strike down legislation
Nottingham Open To proselytise means to attempt to convert others to your beliefs. This House believes that atheists should proselytise
Nottingham Open This House, as the West, would immediately end all sanctions against Russia
Nottingham Open This House believes that the British Museum should give all artifacts to the nations where they originated
Nottingham Open 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.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV THBT websites such as Sci-Hub cause more harm than good.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV THW allow companies to buy the rights to govern economically failing cities.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 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”.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 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.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV 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.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV THW abolish state primaries in US presidential elections.
The Queen’s Annual TRUST IV TH supports western feminists wearing the headscarf in solidarity with Muslim women who wear the hijab who have faced islamophobia.
Kyiv Open THBT Ukraine should introduce mandatory military service
Kyiv Open THW democratically elect members of constitutional courts (sometimes called "Supreme Courts")
Kyiv Open THBT mainstream media should stop reporting on information from wikileaks
Kyiv Open THW ban alchocol in all former soviet states
Kyiv Open THBT the Nobel prize in literature should be decided by members of the public rather than a panel of experts
Kyiv Open THBT the EU should grant Ukraine membership and the necessary funding in exchange for hosting all refugees seeking asylum in the EU
Kyiv Open THBT the state should criminalize the seeking of mail-order brides
Manchester IV THBT the governments of Europe should censor media from publishing articles, videos or cartoons which promote racist views or stereotypes.
Manchester IV This house believes that parliamentary electoral systems should include constituency links.
Manchester IV THB that MGM Studios should cast a male as the sexual interest of the next Bond film.
Manchester IV TH would begin writing only in your first language.
Manchester IV 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
Manchester IV TH supports climate change activists engaging in acts, regardless of legality, which cause mass disruption to carbon-intensive infrastructure networks.
Manchester IV THW only allow the media to publish or broadcast government produced releases on suspected terrorist attacks.
Manchester IV THBT the Brazillian government should encourage and facilitate the integration of uncontacted peoples into wider society.
Manchester IV THW create and fund schools that exclusively admit children from ethnic minorities.
LSE Open TH Supports the proliferation of free schools
LSE Open 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)
LSE Open 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.
LSE Open THIS HOUSE BELIEVES That western liberal democracies should cease all direct military action in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen.
LSE Open THIS HOUSE WOULD Make corporation tax proportional to company wage ratios
LSE Open THW Introduce a system of tradable quotas for asylum seekers in the European Union
LSE Open THW Prefer to live in A Brave New World
LSE Open THW Introduce a system of tradable quotas for asylum seekers in the European Union
LSE Open THBT The USA should adopt a parliamentary democracy rather than a presidential one.
LSE Open THW Allow individuals to sign contracts which cede future rights of theirs to other individuals (for example, to sell themselves into slavery)
Swansea Open THW ban religious or faith-based rehabilitation programmes in prison
Swansea Open THW provide financial incentives (e.g. tax breaks) to companies that require skilled labour who hire non-graduates.
Swansea Open THBT characters with disabilities in film and television should always be played by individuals with disabilities.
Swansea Open THR the criminalization of the reckless transmission of sexual infections (e.g. HIV, herpes and gonorrhoea) in England and Wales
Swansea Open 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'
ICYD- Oxford Round This House Would introduce Proportional Representation in UK general elections."
John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 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.
John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg This House believes that the US and UK should cease selling arms to Saudi Arabia until they withdraw from Yemen.
John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 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.
John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg 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.
John Smith Memorial Mace - English Leg This House prefers a world where the conception of the afterlife is based on karmic balance, rather than divine mercy
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals This house would not wear a poppy.
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals This house supports the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals This house regrets South Africa's Rainbow Nation narrative (long prep).
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals This House Believes the Eurozone should adopt a policy of fiscal union.
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals This House supports the Lean In movement.
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals 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.
John Smith Memorial Mace - Scottish Finals This House would welcome a resurgence of Pink Tide Values in Latin American Politics.
Warwick IV THBT government authorities, being the police, should preserve illegal art as evidence for prosecution of the artists responsible.
Warwick IV 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
Warwick IV THBT it is never a legitimate economic strategy for a state to become a tax haven.
Trinity IV This House Would Ban All Lobbying Activity
Trinity IV THW Allow Deaf Parents to Refuse Treatment for Deafness On Behalf of their Children
Trinity IV THBT strong dictatorships in the Middle East are better than weak democracies
Trinity IV This House as the LGBTQIA Community Would Oppose Pornography
Trinity IV This House Opposes Laicité
Trinity IV THB in the use of fear to instill values in children
Trinity IV TH Supports Hacking as a Form of Protest
Trinity IV There exists a drug that increases empathy in individuals. TH, as the state, would lace their country's water supply with that drug.
Trinity IV THW Welcome the End of American Intervention
Trinity Women's Open THW actively reward the use of Hiberno-English in schoolwork and examinations.
Trinity Women's Open THW make Ulysses contracts enforceable by the courts.
Trinity Women's Open THW genetically engineer major meat animals not to feel pain.
Trinity Women's Open THS the concept of orgasm intervention.
Trinity Women's Open TH, as an individual with strong and deeply held convictions, would die for their cause.
Queen Mary IV TH Supports Voluntourism
Queen Mary IV THBT it is in the UK's interest to leave the EU
Queen Mary IV THW ban boarding schools
Queen Mary IV THW introduce mixed-gender low security prisons
Queen Mary IV THBT student unions should not take political positions that do not directly pertain to tertiary education
University of Latvia Open THBT the Cultural Trend Of "Selfies" Has Been Good For Women
University of Latvia Open THS The Depiction Of The USSR as Absolutely Evil
University of Latvia Open THW Only Direct European Investment Fund Money to States That Agree to Take a Share of Refugees Proportional to Their Share of EU GDP
University of Latvia Open THBT Governments Ought To Use The Technology To Detect The “Criminal Gene”.
University of Latvia Open THW Permit The Cloning Of Genius And Extraordinary Individuals For The Good Of The Society
University of Latvia Open TH Prefers a Multipolar World To US Hegemony
University of Latvia Open THBT All Countries Should Forcibly Redistribute Land Ownership So That at Least 50% Of It Is Owned By Women
York IV 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.
York IV THW pay reparations to women
York IV 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.
York IV 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.
York IV This house believes that governments should promote, support, and incentivise students to attend MOOCs instead of Universities.
York IV This house believes that the global Anglican church should split into two churches, rather than maintain a single communion.
Inner Temple IV THW ban TV programmes and entertainment media from portraying convicted criminals as innocent
Inner Temple IV THW trigger a general election when a country goes into recession
Inner Temple IV THW exclusively fund domestic NGOs in developing countries as opposed to western NGOs working in developing countries
Inner Temple IV 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
Inner Temple IV TH supports the introduction of bystander laws
Inner Temple IV Semi-Final: THBT the USA should make Taiwanese independence a major foreign-policy aim
Inner Temple IV Open Final: THW conscientiously object in situations of war
NorthAms THW require that companies with >15 employees give 50% of their voting rights to employees
NorthAms THS Chris Rock’s continued commitment to host the Oscars
NorthAms THR the Arab Spring
NorthAms THW ban eminent domain rights
NorthAms THW prefer a world without pornography
NorthAms THBT developing nations should enshrine legally actionable socioeconomic rights
NorthAms THBT unconditional cash transfer charities are preferable to project based charities
NorthAms Given the technological capability to disable their nuclear weapons, THW invade North Korea.
NorthAms THW break up the eurozone
NorthAms THW ban savior siblings
NorthAms TH regrets campaigns by feminists to shut down female empowerment events exclusively for cis women, like Michfest.
NorthAms You have invented a pill that would compel the user to tell the truth. THW destroy it.
London Pro-Am This House Would Not Provide State Funding for Art Based Higher Education, eg. art, music, drama.
London Pro-Am This House Supports Politicians Passing Progressive Legislation, Even When it is Contrary to the Wishes of the Democratic Electorate
London Pro-Am THBT it is in the interest of the Conservative Government to impose a travel ban on Donald Trump
London Pro-Am THW make the use of armed drones a war crime
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THW allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THW prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 TH supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 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
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 TH would retrospectively criminalise excessively risky management practises for economically significant corporations and prosecute the executives responsible for them.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT campaigners for refugee protection should not use pictures displaying the graphic suffering of refugees as part of their advocacy.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THW prefer a world in which extremely wealthy people in Western liberal states donate excess money to their governments rather than to charities
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THB the West should prioritize stability over exporting democracy in foreign policy
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 TH supports the decline of the nations-state's power in an increasingly globalized world.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 Assuming the technology to do so easily and safely exists, THW force everyone in society to undergo periodic sex changes.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THW kill baby Hitler
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 TH regrets mainstream, commercial films that depict historical subjugation and/or crimes against humanity.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 TH would nationalize all systemically important financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 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.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 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.
Thessaloniki WUDC 2016 THBT the world's poor would be justified in pursuing complete Marxist revolution.