2017 Motions

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Date Tournament Round Motion
2017-12-23 Mexican Open 1 THBT regions with extremely high rates of gendered violence should grant amnesty to women for violent crimes they commit
2017-12-23 Mexican Open 2 THBT when systemically important financial institutions are in need of financial assistance during recessions, creditors, rather than the government, should be liable
2017-12-23 Mexican Open 3 TH, as the US, would make aid to Saudi Arabia contingent on its full withdrawal from Yemen
2017-12-22 UNESCO Hong Kong SDG Debating Tournament 1 THBT developed countries should pay developing countries to preserve the rainforests
2017-12-22 UNESCO Hong Kong SDG Debating Tournament 2 THW condition development aid on the progress of human rights
2017-12-22 UNESCO Hong Kong SDG Debating Tournament 3 THBT women should pay less income tax than men
2017-12-22 UNESCO Hong Kong SDG Debating Tournament Open_Semis THBT English should be the only language of education in developing countries
2017-12-22 UNESCO Hong Kong SDG Debating Tournament Open_Final THW melt the polar ice caps if it gave drought-stricken countries drinking water
2017-12-02 Leiden Novices' Tournament 2017 1 THW ban the publication of electoral polls during the run-up to an election
2017-12-02 Leiden Novices' Tournament 2017 2 THBT the feminist movement should encourage women to not wear make-up
2017-12-02 Leiden Novices' Tournament 2017 3 THBT all states should allow single parents to raise their children in prison
2017-12-02 Leiden Novices' Tournament 2017 Open_Final This house believes that secular democracies with substantial religious communities should create special courts where issues can be settled on the basis of religious law
2017-12-02 Sheffield IV 1 THW require universities to use minimum entry requirements which are at least a grade higher for pupils from selective schools (e.g. private or grammar schools)
2017-12-02 Sheffield IV 2 THBT singing-based reality TV shows (e.g. X Factor, American Idol, The Voice) have done more harm than good
2017-12-02 Sheffield IV 3 THW make at least 10 years of non-political work experience a prerequisite for standing for national elected office
2017-12-02 Sheffield IV 4 THBT non-LGBT+ people should not play LGBT+ roles in TV/film (e.g. that a lesbian role should only be played by a lesbian)
2017-12-02 Sheffield IV Open_Semis This house regrets the rise of international adoption
2017-12-02 Sheffield IV Open_Final This house believes that the UK government should remain silent when Donald Trump makes statements that are contrary to UK values
2017-12-01 Lund IV 1 THW create and enforce filial responsibility laws
2017-12-01 Lund IV 2 THW require all large companies to reserve 51% of shares for employees as equal voting shares
2017-12-01 Lund IV 3 THBT revenue from tourism sites associated with indigenous cultures (e.g. Chichen Itza and related Mayan sites in Mexico) should be distributed directly to those communities
2017-12-01 Lund IV 4 THBT the West should lift all sanctions on Zimbabwe and directly engage with the new government on liberal reforms, as opposed to keeping sanctions and working to bolster the opposition
2017-12-01 Lund IV 5 THW ban ownership of land and property by foreigners and foreign-owned corporations
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 1 TH welcomes the increasing automation of labour.
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 2 THS the use of extra-legal and illegal methods to provide wider access to knowledge (e.g. sci-hub, hacking Jstor, unauthorised distribution of files and copies).
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 3 TH, as a progressive individual, would not consume the works of artists who have committed or been accused of serious crimes.
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 4 TH prefers a higher education system with a large variation in education quality over one in which there is a low variation in education quality. (+ infoslide)
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 Novice_Final This house prefers a world without alcohol.
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 Open_Semis THB the state should lace water supply with a chemical that homogenises people's intelligence to the intelligence level of an average uni graduate.
2017-11-25 Newcastle IV 2017 Open_Final TH supports the increasing secularisation of the world.
2017-11-24 Munich Open 2017 5 TH prefers a world without a concept of an afterlife.
2017-11-24 Munich Open 2017 Open_Semis TH supports the inclusion of FARC as a political party in Colombian elections
2017-11-24 Munich Open 2017 Open_Final TH supports the creation of an artificial island for those who do not want to live under the jurisdiction of any state.
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 1 This House Would abolish the statute of limitations for heinous crimes (e.g. murder, sexual assault, grievous bodily harm)
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 2 This House Believes That progressive movements should not doxx
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 3 This House Regrets the narrative that motherhood is an intrinsically fulfilling experience
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 4 TH supports South Korea's rejection of the potential trilateral military USA-Korea-Japan alliance.
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 5 “Utility factor” refers to the total, foreseeable impact on society produced by academic research. The utility factor is determined by the universities themselves. Motion:This House Supports the allocation of research funding in universities based purely on the utility factor of the research
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 6 This House Would remove all criminal penalties for knowingly exposing partners to HIV
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 7 This House Believes That development of infrastructure in developing countries should be led by the state, as opposed to the private sector
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 ESL_Final - very severe dementia; - vegetative state etc. Advanced directives are irreversible - they remain binding. NON-voluntary euthanasia is NOT INvoluntary euthanasia. It merely means that no EXPLICIT CONSENT is granted at the time. " Motion: This House Would legalize advanced directives requesting non-voluntary euthanasia for oneself
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 Open_Quarters This House Would impose heavy penalties on planned obsolescence
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 Open_Semis This House Would all movies and TV shows to introduce racial-blind casting for all characters
2017-11-18 NEAO 2017 Open_Final This House Believes That 'armies of opinion shapers' should never be a legitimate political tool for states
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 1 This house would give companies tax breaks on all revenues paid as renumeration (salaries and bonus) to all female employees
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 2 THR the substitution of digital entertainment (e.g. tv, movies, video games) for written materials (e.g. novels, Kindle, comic books) in the lives of children
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 3 THBT former human rights activists under dictatorial regimes should not seek elected office (e.g. MP) after the transition to democracy
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 4 This house prefers a world in which all religions believe in Universal Salvation
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 5 This House regrets the rise of Xi Jinping
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 ESL_Semis This house believes that criminal justice systems should never incorporate retribution as an aim in determining criminal punishments
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 ESL_Final This House regrets the use of the term "moderate muslim" by Muslims to identify themselves
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 Open_Quarters This house would force all companies worth over $1 billion to list publicly
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 Open_Semis In cases where a supreme court would currently rule on the compliance of a given law with a constitutional provision, THW hold a public referendum on whether to abandon that constitutional provision
2017-11-17 Cambridge IV 2017 Open_Final THBT it is always immoral to fight for one's country
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open 1 THBT NFL team owners should be allowed to sanction players for political expressions on and off the field
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open 2 THBT Countries whose native language is not English should adopt English as the main language of governance
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open 3 THR the glorification of soldiers and veterans as heros
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open 4 THBT true womens liberation is incompatable with the existence of organized religion
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open 5 THBT developing countries should heavily disincentivise rural to urban migration
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open Open_Semis THBT Finland should join NATO
2017-11-11 FinEst 100 Open Open_Final THBT it is immoral for a country to be a tax haven
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 1 THW provide means-tested welfare in the form of basic goods and services (including vouchers), rather than cash payments.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 2 THBT twitter has done more harm than good
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 3 TH Prefers Asian Values to Western liberalism
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 4 THBT investors should cease purchasing bonds issued by the Venezuelan government.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 5 THBT minority parents should shelter their children from the existence of racism for as long as possible
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 ESL_Semis THBT that the EU should suspend the voting rights of Poland.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 ESL_Final THW ban the creation of all artificial conscious beings.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 Novice_Finals THW require all sold products to clearly display their price in Dead Children Currency.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 Open_Quarters THR the creation and adoption of cryptocurrencies.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 Open_Semis THBT Mohammed bin Salman's policies are in the interests of the ruling House of Saud.
2017-11-10 Oxford IV 2017 Open_Final Assuming it could be done peacefully, THW replace all existing governments with a single global democratic government.
2017-11-04 Durham IV 1 THW ban zoos
2017-11-04 Durham IV 2 THBT when a company conducts any business in a developed nation, that nation should enforce its domestic environmental regulations at all stages of that company's supply chain (including suppliers and sub-contractors)
2017-11-04 Durham IV 3 Assuming it was logistically feasible, THW randomly swap all newborn babies at birth.
2017-11-04 Durham IV 4 THS the continued remilitarisation of Japan.
2017-11-04 Durham IV 5 THW rank all charities by their Effective Altruism score and remove charitable status from all but the most effective.
2017-11-04 Durham IV Novice_Finals THBT states should not pursue policies to reduce inequality once all citizens have an acceptable standard living
2017-11-04 Durham IV Open_Semis THR the existence of NATO after the dissolution of the USSR
2017-11-04 Durham IV Open_Final TH, as the Church of England, would withdraw from the Anglican Communion
2017-11-04 Huber Debates 1 THBT universities should not be allowed to patent technology they develop
2017-11-04 Huber Debates 2 THBT states should incentivize wealthy people to move to economically insolvent cities
2017-11-04 Huber Debates 3 THBT pro-Palestinian organisations should abandon their support for the BDS movement against Israeli academic institutions and scholars
2017-11-04 Huber Debates 4 THW Legalize Graffiti
2017-11-04 Huber Debates 5 THBT states that are responsible for heavy pollution are morally obligated to sell portions of their land to states under severe threat by climate change
2017-11-04 Huber Debates Novice_Semis Motion: THBT universities should never restrict freedom of expression beyond what is already considered illegal by the state
2017-11-04 Huber Debates Open_Quarters THBT the African Union should pivot toward the global East rather than the global West
2017-11-04 Huber Debates Open_Semis THR the decline of Marxist political parties
2017-11-04 Huber Debates Open_Final THW charge prosecutors who withhold or deliberately lie about evidence in cases where the defendant faces the death penalty or life in prison, with attempted murder.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University 1 This House believes that language should, to the greatest extent possible, be stripped of gender references.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University 2 Assuming adequate security vetting, this House would allow individual states to set their own immigration policies.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University 3 This House believes that the costs of autonomous technologies outweigh the benefits.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University 4 THW prohibit non-disclosure agreements tied to the settlement of civil lawsuits.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University 5 The U.S. should declare a cyber war against Russia.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University 6 THBT cultural appropriation is a good thing
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University Open_Semis THW require post-high school public service.
2017-11-04 Penguin Invitational at Dominican University Open_Final THW call a Constitutional Convention to address the problem of gun violence in America.
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 1 THB that women are justified in lying about their past experiences, abilities and future family plans on job applications or at job interviews.
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 2 TH, as the Premier League, would require all clubs to field a minimum of 4 English players every match
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 3 THBT the EU should ban non-stun religious slaughter of animals
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 4 THW allow central banks to use quantitative easing for the purpose of government investment as opposed to the support of the financial services.
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 5 THW assasinate Kim Jong-Un
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 ProAm_Final Assuming there is a drug that increases individuals tendency to pacifism, TH, as the state, would lace the country's water supply with the drug.
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 Open_Semis THS the monetisation of reproduction (e.g. sale of oocysts, commercial surrogacy)
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 Open_Final either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” - Arthur C Clarke Motion: THW rather be alone in the Universe
2017-10-28 KCL IV 2017 ProAm_Semis THBT humanitarian organisations should, and should be allowed to, give funding, resources or services to illegal armed groups when this is made a condition for access to vulnerable civilians
2017-10-28 Strathclyde President's Cup 2017 1 THBT that Universities should exclusively award scholarships and grants on the basis of financial need.
2017-10-28 Strathclyde President's Cup 2017 2 THB the state should not recognise marriage (e.g. through special tax breaks, visitation rights, adoption privileges or other forms of differential treatment).
2017-10-28 Strathclyde President's Cup 2017 3 Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies which operate without central banks or other regulating bodies, the most notable being Bitcoin. Trades can be made anonymously online and have so far proven un-hackable. While Bitcoin has become used for criminal transactions, some institutions have actively invested in it, including certain Swiss banks and the state of Japan. China amounts others, has banned use of Bitcoin. THBT States should criminalise the use and possession of cryptocurrencies.
2017-10-28 Strathclyde President's Cup 2017 4 TH opposes the practice in former colonies of privileging themes of anti colonial resistance over pre colonial-history and notions of indignity when fabricating national identity. Eg. anthems, street names, holidays etc.
2017-10-28 Strathclyde President's Cup 2017 Open_Final THR the narrative that soldiers are heroes.
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 1 THW ban police unions.
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 2 THBT Pharmaceutical companies should be held civilly liable for the opiate crisis
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 3 THB the Democratic Party should prioritize/welcome the nomination of candidates at all levels of government who favor more radical changes to existing policies and structures over those who are seen as more "electable"
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 4 This house regrets the development of mass tourism at world heritage sites
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 5 TH, as a prominent African-American group, would seek to create autonomous spaces of politics, economics etc. rather than integrating with American society
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 Novice_Final THW, as President Trump, fire Robert Mueller
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 Open_Quarters THW, as the US government, recognize the DPRK as a nuclear state and no longer oppose their nuclear program on the condition they discontinue long-range missile development.
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 Open_Semis The United States of Africa is a proposed concept for a federation of some or all of the 55 sovereign states on the African continent. The concept takes its origin from the writing of Marcus Garvey, an influential pan-Africanist leader in the early 20th century.
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 Open_Semis THS the political unification of Africa
2017-10-13 Hart House IV 2017 Open_Final THBT Truth and Reconciliation Commissions should destroy all collected testimony upon publication of the commissions' reports.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip 1 THBT civil rights legal organizations (e.g. ACLU) should refuse to provide legal resources to white supremacists and other hate groups.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip 2 THW replace existing welfare systems with a universal basic income.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip 3 Of religions that promise reward for faithful practice, THW prefer religions that promise reward will come in the afterlife as opposed to those that promise material reward in this life.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip 4 THBT the U.S. should eliminate all protective measures on the trading and use of green technologies.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip 5 THBT social movements should emphasize an individual’s capacity to change their circumstances in the face of oppression, as opposed to emphasizing the structures that restrict and determine an individual’s fate.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip Novice_Semis THR the modern high prioritization of sexual compatibility in romantic relationships.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip Open_Quarters THBT, in large metropolitan areas, the government should use eminent domain to create high density housing development.
2017-09-29 HWS North American Universities Debating Championsip Open_Final THBT scholars who study under-represented groups in history should emphasize their contribution to events that are commonly considered historically significant, rather than studying the history of those groups’ contributions to their own societies.
2017-09-23 Helsinki Freshers' ProAm 2017 1 THW build social housing in high-wealth areas
2017-09-23 Helsinki Freshers' ProAm 2017 2 THR the narrative that a university education is the primary path to success
2017-09-23 Helsinki Freshers' ProAm 2017 3 THS the development of Artificial General Intelligence
2017-09-23 Helsinki Freshers' ProAm 2017 Open_Final THBT majority liberal supreme courts should actively misapply constitutions in order to advance progressive rights
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV 1 When casting minority characters, THBT films should only cast actors from that same minority
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV 2 THBT India should abandon the Make in India policy
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV 3 THS the existence of dual-legal systems for minority religious communities
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV 4 THBT the Rohingya should prioritize advocating for an independent state over citizenship and acceptance within Myanmar
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV 5 THR the commercialization of feminism
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV Open_Quarters THR the rise of Antifa
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV Open_Semis THR the Euro
2017-09-22 IIT Bombay IV Open_Final THW dissolve global human rights institutions in favor of regional human rights institutions
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 1 THW tax religious institutions
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 2 THW normalize relations with North Korea (including the removal of sanctions)
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 3 TH, as a theatre, would refuse to run the film "Dragonfly Eyes."
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 4 THR the decline in marriage rates.
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 5 THR the rise of "global" languages like English
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament 6 THBT comedic political commentators (e.g. John Oliver, Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, etc.) do more harm than good.
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament Open_Quarters THW ban commercial research and development of CRISPR-Cas9 technology
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament Open_Semis THBT children have a right to know who their biological parents are (e.g. adoptees, children of reproductive donors, children of estranged parents)
2017-09-16 Brad Smith Debate Tournament Open_Final THBT Democrats and Republicans should accept a border wall in exchange for full legalization of immigrants currently residing in the United States.
2017-09-16 La Salle IV 1 THBT the administration of professional licensure examinations should be in the hands of the private sector instead of the government
2017-09-16 La Salle IV 2 TH, as the UN, would give Venezuela humanitarian aid with no strings attached
2017-09-16 La Salle IV 3 THBT the environmental movement should abandon the narrative of personal responsibility in favor of one which emphasizes institutional accountability
2017-09-16 La Salle IV 4 THS Singapore's hiatus-triggered model for the presidential elections
2017-09-16 La Salle IV Open_Quarters THBT it is in China's interest to take the lead in subduing North Korea.
2017-09-16 La Salle IV Open_Semis THW remove the power of impeachment from the legislature.
2017-09-16 La Salle IV Open_Final In conservative countries, THBT the LGBT movement should actively court religious institutions
2017-09-16 La Salle IV Open_Final TH celebrates the decline of American liberalism.
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 1 THW ban all essential service workers from striking (e.g. firemen, policemen, doctors)
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 2 THW implement blind voting for general elections (For the purposes of this debate, "blind voting" refers to a system where voters cast their votes for various policies, and a candidate is matched to them based on their preference)
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 3 THBT activists should abandon the use of doxxing in order to advance their movement
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 4 THBT the US should impose sanctions on Myanmar until a safe zone is created in the Rakhine state for Rohingya civilians
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 5 THBT the state should only fund artworks that promote socially desirable values (e.g. multiculturalism, equality)
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 Open_Quarters THW allocate every adult a single tradable permit to have one child.
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 Open_Semis THW impose high property and land taxes on foreign buyers and owners of property
2017-09-09 Guangdong Debate Challenge 2017 Open_Final THS the existence of a "social credit system" (For the purposes of the debate, a "social credit system" refers to a system which assigns a rating to every citizen based on government data regarding their economic history (e.g. paying taxes, paying debts) and social behavior. Ratings impact one's ability to carry out economic transactions, such as seeking employment, renting or buying property.)
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 1 This House would ban for-profit universities and colleges.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 2 This House would impose restrictions on the opening of stores operated by large multinational retail chains (e.g. Tesco, Walmart) in order to protect local businesses.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 3 This House would deny tax-exempt status to religious institutions that refuse to appoint female leaders.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 4 This House believes that states should not erect statues or memorials which commemorate or glorify military campaigns and/or the service of soldiers in war
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 5 This House would make labour union membership compulsory in large industries
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 6 This House believes that, when working to preserve rare and endangered species, private entities are more effective than the state.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 7 This House believes that the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe is doing more harm than good.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 8 This House believes that states should be able to prioritize asylum seekers on the basis of cultural similarity with existing populations.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 Open_Partial_Double_Octos This House would legalize commercial surrogacy for profit.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 Open_Quarters This House would impose additional taxes on employers who use automation to replace human workers.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 Open_Semis This House prefers benevolent dictatorship to weak democracy.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 Open_Final This House supports military retaliation against cyberattacks.
2017-08-03 World Schools Debating Championship, 2017 Open_Final This House supports restrictions on free speech to combat the rise of right-wing populism.
2017-06-20 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 4 THW subsidise banks to disproportionately direct loans to historically disadvantaged communities and individuals
2017-06-19 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 3 THBT Brazil should fully privatise Petrobras
2017-06-18 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 2 THW punish attempted and committed crimes equally
2017-06-17 Newcastle Mixed Doubles 1 THBT individual feminist women should reject acts of chivalry (e.g. buying drinks for them, holding the door open, "ladies first" etc.)
2017-06-16 Trinity Open 1 THW televise criminal trials
2017-06-16 Trinity Open 2 THBT the UK Labour Party should stand candidates in general elections in Northern Ireland
2017-06-16 Trinity Open 3 TH, as China, would abandon all claims on the Senkaku Islands
2017-06-16 Trinity Open 4 TH, as Arturo di Modica, would discontinue the loan of the Charging Bull to New York City
2017-06-16 Trinity Open 5 THBT school systems should build curricula in a way that emphasizes national pride
2017-04-29 International Competition for Young Debaters, Finals Day, 2017 1 This House would ban any treatment, service or ritual from claiming a physical healing effect until it is tested and proven more effective than a placebo by a national regulator.
2017-04-29 International Competition for Young Debaters, Finals Day, 2017 2 This House supports hacking as a form of social protest.
2017-04-29 International Competition for Young Debaters, Finals Day, 2017 3 This House would prefer a world without religious belief.
2017-04-29 International Competition for Young Debaters, Finals Day, 2017 4 This House would not give development aid to corrupt regimes.
2017-04-29 International Competition for Young Debaters, Finals Day, 2017 Open_Final This house would require companies to place images of animal suffering on all products or food whose production harmed or killed animals.
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 1 THW not allow public schools to expel students - Round 1
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 1 THBT education in the developing world should be conducted primarily in English - Round 1
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 2 THW institute a negative basic income - Round 2
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 2 THS immigration criteria based around culture - Round 2
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 3 THBT the government should have no role in protecting endangered species - Round 3
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 3 THBT future generations should be able to sue the government for damages from the effects of climate change - Round 3
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 4 You have a machine that allows you to know when you will die. THW use the machine. - Round 4
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 4 Assuming you have the technology, THW financially reward citizens for good deeds - Round 4
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 5 THW ban tithing - Round 5
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 5 THW require religious organisations to elect their leaders - Round 5
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 6 THBT the European Union should refuse to offer the United Kingdom preferential trade terms - Round 6
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 6 THW place a tax on the labour of robots - Round 6
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 7 THS the publication of the DNC (Democratic National Committee) leaks - Round 7
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 7 TH regrets the commercialisation of social justice - Round 7
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 8 THW reject women-only spaces - Round 8
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 8 THBT the transgender movement should distance itself from the feminist movement - Round 8
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 Open_Semis TH regrets Treaty settlements - Semi Final 1
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 Open_Semis THS granting legal personality to rivers and lakes - Semi Final 1
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 Open_Semis THBT inquiries into the misconduct of soldiers should only be conducted by people who have at some point been in active service - Semi Final 2
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 Open_Semis THBT the USA should take aggressive military action against the Syrian regime - Semi Final 2
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 Open_Final THBT the media should not ‘out’ authors who publish under a pseudonym - Grand Final
2017-04-14 NZ Easters 2017 Open_Final THW not allow authors to copyright characters or worlds that they have created - Grand Final
2017-04-07 HWS Round Robin 1 This house supports the use of “eye in the sky” policing in urban areas with high crime rates.
2017-04-07 HWS Round Robin 2 This house supports democratic governments using social disgust as a grounds for restricting public speech or display.
2017-04-07 HWS Round Robin 3 This house regrets the shift in focus within the academic study of history from studying great figures and institutions to studying cultural forces and the experiences of ordinary people.
2017-04-07 HWS Round Robin 4 Given the choice as an individual who is a typical, healthy 30-year-old, THW elect to never again feel the emotion of sorrow.
2017-04-07 HWS Round Robin 5 This house believes that the US should issue guest worker visas, under which minimum wage laws would not apply.
2017-04-07 HWS Round Robin Open_Final THBT governments should abandon the strategy of "decapitation" in fighting terrorism.
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 1 This House Would Fully Subsidize Gender Reassigment Surgery For Pubescent Teenagers Regardless of Parental Consent.
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 2 This House Believes That Israel Should Fine Actors Who Refuse To Perform In Settlements
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 3 This House Believes That the U.S. Should Hack China's "Credit Social System" In Order To Disrupt It
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 4 This House Believes That Republika Srpska Should Be an Independent State
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 5 This House Believes That Mexico Should Allow Neighbourhoods And Cities In North Mexico To Form Armed Militias In Order To Combat Drug Cartels.
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 Open_Semis This House Would Impose Criminal Laws To Crimes Comitted By Users Of Avatars In Virtual Worlds (Such As ’Second Life’)
2017-04-07 PEP IV 2017 Open_Final This House Supports the EU Backed Western Balkans Customs Union, Even at the Price of Terminating the Free Trade Agreement With Russia And of Joining the EU Sanctions on Russia
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 1 THW ban college entrance exams - for example: ACT, SAT
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 2 THW require meat packaging to display images that vividly and accurately reflect the experiences of the animals throughout the manufacturing process
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 3 THBT social media companies should factcheck posts by world leaders
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 4 THBT protesters should sabotage the Dakota Access Pipeline
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 5 THBT the international community should regard the USA as a rogue state if it leaves or does not abide by the Paris Climate Agreement
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 Open_Quarters THBT the state should pay reparations to women
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 Open_Semis THW abolish all locked facilities - for example: jail, detention centers, correctional facilities - for youth
2017-04-01 Colgate Open 2017 Open_Final TH, as a Republican member of Congress, would destroy the evidence
2017-03-25 Empire Debates 1 THW abolish K-12 private schools
2017-03-25 Empire Debates 2 THBT the feminist movement should oppose the rise of commercial products and services aimed at helping women protect themselves from sexual assault and harassment (e.g. nail polish that changes colour around date rape drugs, anti-rape underwear, "killer tampon", Pink Cabs)
2017-03-25 Empire Debates 3 THBT Mexico should pull out of NAFTA
2017-03-25 Empire Debates 4 TH, as a parent belonging to a minority religion, would discourage their children from expressing their faith publicly (e.g. wearing yarmulkes, hijabs or other articles of faith, etc.)
2017-03-25 Empire Debates 5 In places with significantly high waiting times for finding appropriate donors, THW legalize the private sale of organs
2017-03-25 Empire Debates Novice_Final THW withdraw all military aid to Israel
2017-03-25 Empire Debates Open_Semis THBT Western countries should cease all direct military intervention in Yemen
2017-03-25 Empire Debates Open_Final THP a world in which all people actively believed in determinism as opposed to a world in which they believed in free will
2017-03-24 Tricity Mini 1 THBT universities should not interfere with the choices of topics and guests at events organized by their students
2017-03-24 Tricity Mini 2 TH, as the EU, would impose sanctions on Poland for breaching democratic principles
2017-03-24 Tricity Mini 3 THW introduce educational system with the selection process based only on geographical location (and not e.g. test results)
2017-03-24 Tricity Mini Open_Final THR the rise of sharing economy
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship 1 This house supports deaf parents' choice to deafen their children in utero.
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship 2 This house supports the government suing meat producers/distributors to recover health care and environmental costs incurred by meat consumption.
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship 3 This house, as the European Union, would reject Turkey's membership application to the European Union.
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship 4 This house opposes the presence of external sex characteristics (uterus, vagina, breasts) at pro-women protests (eg, the Women's March on Washington).
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship 5 This house opposes the societal idea that forgiveness is a virtue.
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship Novice_Final This house opposes democracy.
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship Open_Semis This house would prefer a world in which we never found out that Joseph Boyden has no Indigenous heritage.
2017-03-17 North American Women & Gender Minorities Debating Championship Open_Final This house believes that feminism is incompatible with capitalism.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship 1 THW make the directors of major governmental science and technology organizations elected positions (e.g. Director of Environmental Protection Agency, head of National Science Foundation, Minister of Science and Technology)
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship 2 THBT governments should depopulate areas with few viable economic activities.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship 3 THBT the feminist movement should oppose presumptive custody in favor of women in cases of divorce.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship 4 THBT it is legitimate for states to deny residency to immigrants who openly contradict their predominant values.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship 5 THW institute a "robot tax"
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship 6 THBT minority groups should not reclaim slurs that have been directed against them.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship Open_Quarters You are a citizen living in today’s world. You have the ability to create a perfect world by picking a random child by global lottery and condemning them to a condition of abject misery. The lottery is unbiased. The child will endure all the world’s extreme suffering in perpetuity (i.e. lack of human contact, torture, starvation, disease). The child’s suffering creates a world without war, famine, disease, or poverty: there is perfect prosperity and happiness. THW do it.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship Open_Semis This house believes that the USA should fund military action by private intermediaries (e.g. paramilitary groups, private military contractors, vigilante groups) against drug cartels in other countries in the Americas.
2017-03-10 2017 Pan-American Universities Debating Championship Open_Final This house prefers a world where American and Canadian Multi-National Corporations in South America adhere to the environmental and labour standards of their home countries.
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 1 THW allow local communities to vote to reduce the amount of policing present within their districts
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 2 THBT China should remove its restrictions on rural to urban migrants.
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 3 THP a world where everyone has Highly Superior Autobiographical (with info slide)
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 4 Given that private gun ownership is legal, THS the existence of women's gun rights organizations (with info slide)
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 5 THBT African countries should adopt English as the principal language of instruction in schools
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 Novice_Final THO the dominant narrative in popular culture that there exists a soulmate for everyone
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 Open_Quarters In countries that have the death penalty, THW implement execution duty (with info slide)
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 Open_Semis THW allow individuals to sue religious organizations for compensation for the harmful effects of choices made as a result of adherence to religious doctrine
2017-03-04 Budapest Open 2017 Open_Final THBT it is the Moral Imperative of Liberals within Eastern European countries to stay within their Home Country rather than Emigrate to More Progressive Countries
2017-03-01 Riga Mini, 2nd edition 1 TH Welcomes the live-streaming of war
2017-03-01 Riga Mini, 2nd edition 2 After the collapse of USSR, Latvia and Estonia, in contrast with many other states, decided not to automatically grant citizenship to its permanent residents who had moved to the countries after the end of World War II, instead offering them an option to naturalize. Citiezenship was one of the promises made the pro-independence movement to encouradge Russian-speaker support. By 2016, 11.75% of Latvian and 6.1% of Estonian population are still non-citizens. Motion: THBT Estonia and Latvia should grant citizenship to non-citizen residents
2017-03-01 Riga Mini, 2nd edition 3 In the near future, scientist Thomas Harbor has discovered conclusive scientific evidence that afterlife exists. It has also been determined that it is impossible to to find out the specific nature of afterlife. Motion: TH, as Thomas Harbor, would destroy the research
2017-03-01 Riga Mini, 2nd edition 4 TH supports the establishment of a gayborhood in Riga
2017-03-01 Riga Mini, 2nd edition Open_Final Assuming Belarus agrees, THBT NATO should grant full membership to Belarus contingent on its pivot towards the West in foreign policy and trade
2017-02-25 Leiden Open 1 THBT American news media should cease to invite major Trump surrogates (e.g. Kellyane Conway, Sean Spicer) to comment on news events.
2017-02-25 Leiden Open 2 This house supports the creation of all-Jewish universities in Europe
2017-02-25 Leiden Open 3 This house regrets the social perception that ADHD is an illness, as opposed to a personality trait
2017-02-25 Leiden Open 4 THBT the BDS movement does more harm than good.
2017-02-25 Leiden Open 5 THBT the West should support the Russian-backed Syrian peace talks.
2017-02-25 Leiden Open Novice_Final THW sell the script.
2017-02-25 Leiden Open Open_Semis THBT the rise in oil prizes does more harm than good
2017-02-25 Leiden Open Open_Final In countries with frequent coalition governments, THBT mainstream parties should refuse to include far left parties in coalitions, e.g. Socialist Party ('SP') in the Netherlands, Die Linke ('The Left') in Germany.
2017-02-24 GWU Eastern Championships 2017 2 THBT every European state should significantly increase military spending
2017-02-24 GWU Eastern Championships 2017 3 THR the commodification of indigenous art
2017-02-24 GWU Eastern Championships 2017 4 Assuming a cap on refugees, THW prioritize admitting refugees who have engaged in armed resistance against oppressive regimes
2017-02-24 GWU Eastern Championships 2017 Open_Quarters TH opposes common currency
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love 1 THW prosecute the production and distribution of fake news
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love 2 Thw not allow revolutionary leaders and their families in post conflict societies to run for political office
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love 3 THW allow the selection of all-female juries in sexual assault cases
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love 4 thbt public health authorities such as the Centers for Disease Control, should be given the power to quarantine individuals involuntary who they suspect are ill with highly contagious diseases
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love 5 THBT human shields are legitimate targets in war
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love Novice_Final TH regrets the narrative of college as the primary path to success (not sure if exact wording)
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love Open_Semis TH, as the Catholic church, would sell its cultural artifacts in order to fund poverty alleviation
2017-02-11 cornell novice nationals and tournament of love Open_Final THB trade unions should stop all campaigning and policy work against offshoring
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 1 Assuming that it was possible, THW abolish internet anonymity.
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 2 THW allow major medical charities and providers (e.g. Cancer Research, Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Irish Heart Foundation) to sue media outlets and organisations who share incomplete, incorrect or misleading medical information.
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 3 THBT the USA should militarily intervene in the Philippines
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 4 THR the rise of the sharing economy.
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 5 TH supports the existence of sex and relationship sections in popular media.
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 ProAm_Final THR the Neolithic Revolution
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 Open_Semis THW teach children to question and undermine authority
2017-02-10 Galway Open 2017 Open_Final THR the idea that life must have meaning
2017-02-04 Riga mini 1 THBT ecoterrorism is legitimate
2017-02-04 Riga mini 2 TH, as atheists, W stop ridiculing religion
2017-02-04 Riga mini 3 THW take down the Victory Monument
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 1 This house believes that Pakistani Feminists should campaign for the end of gender segregation in mosques, and the right of female imams to preach in mosques.
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 2 This house regrets Wikileaks decision to release the DNC emails
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 3 This house, as the state of Pakistan, would officially recognise the state of Israel
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 4 This house believes members of SAARC should collectively agree to increase labour standards, and environmental standards, rather than engage in a 'race to the bottom'.
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 5 This house regrets the use of the death penalty for crimes against humanity.
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 Open_Quarters This house believes female chess players should refuse to participate in this years women's world chess championships
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 Open_Semis This house would adopt the Indian Supreme Court decision in Pakistan
2017-01-27 Shahjiwana International Debating IV 2017 Open_Final This house believes news media in Pakistan, should not invite imans to comment on political issues.
2017-01-27 Trinity IV 1 This House Would Force All Companies to be 100% Owned by their Workers
2017-01-27 Trinity IV 2 This House believes that the British Government Should Pay Reparations to Northern Irish Catholics
2017-01-27 Trinity IV 3 THBT the use of erotic capital by women does more harm than good
2017-01-27 Trinity IV 4 THBT China should join the TPP
2017-01-27 Trinity IV 5 THBT post-colonial states should commemorate their war dead who died fighting for their former coloniser
2017-01-27 Trinity IV Novice_Final TH believes in God
2017-01-27 Trinity IV Open_Final THBT the European left should promote a hard left agenda, including the nationalisation of major industry, very high tax rates on wealthy, and expansion of the welfare states.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 1 This House believes that post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps)
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 2 This House would allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 3 This House believes that sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 4 In areas with rapidly rising property prices, This House would suspend all restrictions on property development that are not health and safety requirements (for example, environmental zoning regulations, building height restrictions, and regulations on the appearance of buildings)
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 5 This House believes that the Netherlands should allow citizens to purchase additional votes from the government at a cost proportional to their wealth (for example, one additional vote for 1% of wealth)
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 6 This House believes that the world would be a better place if women from privileged backgrounds turned down any benefits arising from affirmative action programs.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 7 This House believes that South Korea should produce nuclear weapons
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 8 This House regrets the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start their own companies rather than pursue traditional career paths
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 9 This House would temporarily and significantly relax minimum labour standards in times of unusually high unemployment, including workplace health and safety standards, minimum wage, working hours restrictions etc.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 EFL_Final THBT the European left should promote a hard left agenda, including the nationalisation of major industry, very high tax rates on wealthy, and expansion of the welfare states.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 ESL_Quarters This House believes that the US government should provide significant campaign funding for US congressmen and senators who score highly on bi-partisan metrics.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 ESL_Semis This house, as the pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 ESL_Final THW force all news organisations to operate as non-profits
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 Open_Partial_Double_Octos This house believes that countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service.
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 Open_Octos This house would ban advocacy for religious belief in public places
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 Open_Semis TH, as the Chinese Communist Party, will allow fair and competitive elections for local elections
2017-01-01 Dutch WUDC 2017 Open_Final This House would apply universal jurisdiction to crimes against the environment