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UFMG IV This House would allow private corporations to donate to political campaigns in Brazil
UFMG IV THW break up big tech
UFMG IV This House, as Michel Temer, regrets nothing
PAUDC Akofena 2019 This House regrets the Humanization of Villains in Film and Media [i.e Joker].
PAUDC Akofena 2019 The House believes that charitable organizations [e.g Omaze] should not be allowed to obtain donations in exchange for the offer of potential prizes.
PAUDC Akofena 2019 This house believes that governments in developing nations should prioritize funding for early childhood development to the exclusion of funding for tertiary education.
PAUDC Akofena 2019 In instances where the collapse of financial institutions is imminent, The House supports a bail-in.
PAUDC Akofena 2019 This House Supports the public offering of Saudi Aramco
PAUDC Akofena 2019 ‪This House, as the trans community, would prioritize psychosocial rather than physical makeup as a metric for gender dispositions.
PAUDC Akofena 2019 This House believes that religious institutions should use radically leftist interpretations of their teachings in areas of high rates of poverty (e.g Liberation Theology, Islamic Socialism)
PAUDC Akofena 2019 THS the use of deep fake technology as a legitimate political tool
PAUDC Akofena 2019 THR human ability to adapt to social adversity
Seattle IV 2019 THBT military conscription (aka involuntary draft) should be considered a war crime
Seattle IV 2019 THBT political centrism does more harm than good
Seattle IV 2019 THW break up Disney
Seattle IV 2019 THW geoengineer the climate
Seattle IV 2019 TH as an artist would prefer to be self-taught rather than classically trained
Seattle IV 2019 THBT the United States should not take a stance on the conflicts in South America.
Seattle IV 2019 THW require social media companies to pay for metadata.
Seattle IV 2019 THBT the African Union should condemn the One Belt One Road Initiative
Seattle IV 2019 THR intercollegiate debate
HWS Round Robin 2018 This house believes that the criminal justice system should not consider retribution as a factor in sentencing.
HWS Round Robin 2018 This house prefers a world in which universities charged tuition based on student earnings after graduation.
HWS Round Robin 2018 This house believes that governments should prioritize the economic improvement of minority communities over the preservation of their culture.
HWS Round Robin 2018 This house prefers a world in which, upon childhood, all people intuitively come to know their natural expiration date.
HWS Round Robin 2018 When responding to civilian casualties, this house believes that the military action taken does not have to meet the principle of proportionality.
HWS Round Robin 2018 This house believes that the interests of the Chinese people would be better served by a peaceful transition into a democracy, rather than a continuation of one party rule.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This House regrets the decline of the humanities in higher education.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This house regrets the decline of the humanities in higher education. Information Slide: In academic settings, “the humanities” is contrasted with the study of natural sciences, social sciences, and professional training. Core fields in the humanities include: literature, philosophy, history, religion, art, etc.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This House supports laws that protect the health of fetuses (whose mothers intend to carry them to term).
HWS Round Robin 2019 This house supports laws that protect the health of fetuses (whose mothers intend to carry them to term).
HWS Round Robin 2019 In the event that current talks produce a compromise Brexit deal, This House Would put it to a referendum with “remain” as an alternative.
HWS Round Robin 2019 In the event that current talks produce a compromise Brexit deal, this house would put it to a referendum, with “remain” as the alternative
HWS Round Robin 2019 This House would take a pill that permanently made one contented with one’s current life situation.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This house would take a pill that permanently made one entirely contented with one’s current life situation.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This House Opposes the centrality of sport to national identity
HWS Round Robin 2019 This house opposes the centrality of sport to national identity.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This House believes that the Black Lives Matter movement should embrace open carry gun laws and engage in armed community patrols.
HWS Round Robin 2019 This house believes that the Black Lives Matter movement should embrace open carry gun laws and engage in armed community patrols. Info Slide: The Black Panthers began as a group of black citizens in Oakland, California who engaged in armed patrols of the city streets, specifically focusing on observing police behavior and arrests. In response, California enacted much stricter gun control legislation.
Prague Open 2019 THW cut government and parliament members wages and pension funds, if they run fiscal deficits.
Prague Open 2019 TH regrets the dominant narrative that moral progress is inevitable (e.g.”The moral arc of history bends towards justice”).
Prague Open 2019 THBT EU should not offer the UK another extension on Brexit after October 31.
Prague Open 2019 TH opposes the stigmatisation of romantic relationships built upon materialistic needs or exchanges (e.g. suggar-daddys, cougars, etc.).
Prague Open 2019 THBT secular states should not allow minority groups to implement their own family law systems.
Prague Open 2019 TH, as the Democratic party, regrets starting the impeachment process of President Trump.
Prague Open 2019 THBT the fight against Climate Change should include taking international action against sovereign countries (such as exclusion from international institutions, sanctions, military intervention, etc.), which allow environmental abuses through direct action or negligence
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THS THE GLORIFICATION OF START-UP CULTURE THAT ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO CREATE THEIR OWN BUSINESSES RATHER THAN PURSUE TRADITIONAL CAREER PATHS
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THR THE PHENOMENON OF SENSITIVITY SCREENING
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THBT CONSERVATIVE STATES SHOULD AGGRESSIVELY EMBRACE LIBERAL IDEOLOGIES IN THE PURSUIT OF PROMOTING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THS THE PRACTICE OF CULTURAL CHRISTIANITY
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 TH CELEBRATES NO NUT NOVEMBER (NNN)
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 ASSUMING IT WOULD BE ILLEGAL FOR ANYONE TO BECOME STATELESS, THW CREATE A MARKETPLACE FOR THE BUYING AND SELLING OF CITIZENSHIP BETWEEN PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THW PROSECUTE LEADERS WHO REFUSE TO IMPLEMENT UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE (UHC) POLICIES FOR MENTAL HEALTH CASES AND OTHER PRIMARY HEALTH CARE EMERGENCIES
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THS THE BANNING OF POLITICAL PARTIES ADVERTISEMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 TH AS GOOGLE WILL ADOPT THE HIPPOCRATIC LICENSE
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THR THE WOKE CALL-OUT CULTURE
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THW choose China
All-Nigeria Universities Debate Championship 2019 THR THE BORDER CLOSURE
UBC IV 2019 TH, as a leftist politician, would adopt political disinformation campaign tactics.
UBC IV 2019 THR the use of identity-based self deprecating humour by minority entertainers in popular culture
UBC IV 2019 THBT the EU should expel member states who join the Belt & Road initiative
UBC IV 2019 THP a world in which religious leaders (Priests, Imams, Rabbis etc.) are not seen as having a deeper connection with religious deities (ex: God or Allah) than regular members of the faithful.
UBC IV 2019 In cases where individuals are convicted of leaking state secrets, THW allow their convictions to be nullified by a national referendum.
UBC IV 2019 THBT it is unethical to have children.
UBC IV 2019 THP a geniocracy over rule by democratic representation.
UBC IV 2019 THR the narrative that money can't buy happiness.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 This house believes that hacking is a legitimate form of protest against large corporations.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 This house regrets films and television shows that glorify gang culture.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 This house believes that states should not attempt to regulate digital currencies like bitcoin.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 This house supports the right of fiction authors to use a pseudonym and/or remain anonymous.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 This house believes that environmental movements should support climate engineering that fundamentally alters the environment in an attempt to combat global warming.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 In emerging democracies, this house would break up persistently dominant political parties.
New Zealand BP Debating Championships 2019 This house believes that feminist organisations should not criticize female politicians for their views on women's issues.
Rocky Mountain Championships Given the state of the world, THBT it is immoral for humans to willfully reproduce
Rocky Mountain Championships THW replace all social safety net policies with a comparable universal basic income.
Rocky Mountain Championships THW assimilate.
Rocky Mountain Championships TH rejects all sports mascots which depict humans
Rocky Mountain Championships THW encourage feminists to troll, meme, and shame the patriarchy.
Rocky Mountain Championships TH, as foreign militaries, would condition material support to the United States Armed Forces on the removal of the Trump Administration.
Rocky Mountain Championships TH, as the United States Federal Government, would take all necessary steps to eliminate Mexican drug cartels.
Rocky Mountain Championships TH rejects the idea of ethical consumption.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THO the demonisation of nationalism.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THBT climate change movements should prioritise constructive policy proposals over criticism and obstruction of current policies.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THBT sports assocciation’s ultimate goal should be the integration of women into mixed teams rather than achieving parity between male and female teams.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THBT it was against the interest of Syrian Kurds to align themselves with the West in the Syrian Civil War.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THW never allow parents to make medical decisions for their children that contradict the medical consensus.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THR the integration of PR China into the global economy.
Ljubljana IV 2019 THW release the evidence
Hart House IV 2019 THR the increasing professionalization of youth athletics
Hart House IV 2019 In cities with scarce housing availability THW reallocate funds intended for building or subsidizing affordable housing to providing the means for those in need to relocate to different cities with lower costs of living.
Hart House IV 2019 THBT that Western Nations should impose heavy penalties on domestic corporations that punish their employees for engaging in legally permitted speech.
Hart House IV 2019 Assuming feasibility, THW distribute development aid to individual citizens rather than governments.
Hart House IV 2019 THW have all settler colonial states (Canada, U.S., Australia, Mexico, Brazil, etc.) pay rent to their indigenous populations for all government-owned property.
Hart House IV 2019 THP a world without a belief in life after death (heaven, reincarnation, past lives, hell, etc).
Hart House IV 2019 Assuming neither standard is upheld in the status quo, THBT society should aim towards becoming a meritocracy as opposed to a society where people are treated equally regardless of merit.
Hart House IV 2019 In the aftermath of genocides, ethnic violence or crimes against humanity THO efforts to ban or suppress discussion of ethnicity and/or religion
Hart House IV 2019 THBT all nations should take active steps to eliminate all borders.
Bard IV THBT a universal basic income is preferable to conditional welfare programs (e.g., SNAP, housing assistance, Medicaid)
Bard IV THS "Cancel Culture"
Bard IV THBT Puerto Ricans should advocate for independence over statehood.
Bard IV THW limit copyright terms for works of art (including fine art, music, film, literature, etc.) to the original artist’s lifespan
Bard IV THW prohibit hospitals from being owned by or affiliated with religious organizations (eg, Catholic hospitals)
Bard IV THR the portrayal of parental figures as incompetent and/or out-of-touch in children's media.
Bard IV THBT small island nations should declare a state of emergency due to climate change
Bard IV THBT the United States, when confronting organizations designated as terrorist groups, should pursue a strategy of engaging with perceived moderates within the group’s leadership in an attempt to exact concessions (e.g., prisoner exchanges, cease-fires, or political freedoms for minorities under their control) rather than pursuing a policy of explicit non-engagement.
Bard IV THBT supporters of Medicare For All should advocate for the abolition of private insurance.
Bard IV THBT that individuals who have committed mass atrocities deserve to suffer in the afterlife
The Karachi Cup 2019 This house would allow the selection of all-female juries in sexual assault cases
The Karachi Cup 2019 This house supports countries withdrawing from the International Criminal Court in order to create their own regional replacements (e.g. an African Criminal Court, an InterAmerican Criminal Court).
The Karachi Cup 2019 This house would move Pakistan’s capital to Karachi.
The Karachi Cup 2019 After a speaker has been invited, this house would allow university to vote to reject the speaker from coming to campus.
The Karachi Cup 2019 This house believes that all laws regarding climate change should be subject to a referendum only open to those aged 30 and below.
The Karachi Cup 2019 This house supports the 'Right to be Forgotten' on the internet.
The Karachi Cup 2019 As the author of a non-colonial language (e.g. Marathi, Inuktitut, IsiXhosa, Gikuyu, Tibetan, among others), this house would only write in its native language
WW III TH REGRETS THE COMMERCIALISATION OF ANTI-RAPE PRODUCTS
WW III THIS HOUSE AS THE US CIA WILL DISCLOSE IT
WW III THBT GLOBAL SPORTS GOVERNING BODIES (EG. FIFA) SHOULD PRIORITISE GEO POLITICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN SITUATING CHAMPIONSHIPS
WW III TH AS THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES WOULD OFFER ITS ELECTED OFFICIALS THE GRAFT LEEWAY
Joynt Scroll 2019 In a world in which the technology has recently been created to impregnate men, TH, as a male partner of a young career-focused woman, would choose to carry their baby.
Joynt Scroll 2019 THB LGB people should emphasize their same-sex attraction
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT sporting teams should change their names where they are considered insensitive (e.g. Crusaders).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT countries should develop and deploy autonomous robot soldiers in conflict zones that are capable of killing people.
Joynt Scroll 2019 THW militarily intervene in Venezuela
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT African Countries should pivot towards the Global East rather than the Global West.
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT social movements should not adopt works of art as symbols where the artist does not identify with that movement (e.g. the feminist movement adopting the close-up of flowers painted by Georgia O’Keeffee believing the paintings to be sexual depictions of female anatomy; the adoption of the horror fim the Babadook by the queer rights movement).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THR docu-dramas that "put people on trial" after their exoneration or death (e.g. Leaving Neverland about Michael Jackson, The People v. O. J. Simpson, The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THR pop-culture portrayals of people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses (e.g. Five Feet Apart, Me Before You, The Big Sick, Fault in Our Stars, My Sister’s Keeper).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THR the Reformation
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT as the Christian church would teach that the Bible is a historically-based account containing human error, rather than teaching that the Bible is the flawless work of God.
Joynt Scroll 2019 TH prefers religions that teach salvation is achieved through certain behaviours (e.g. good works, five pillars of Islam), over religions that teach salvation is achieved through faith alone.
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT members of socially progressive movements should not support harsh punishment of criminals, even when the crimes committed are the opposite of what that movement supports. (e.g. hate crimes; domestic violence; pedophilia)
Joynt Scroll 2019 Instead of sentencing offenders to fixed terms of imprisonment, THW sentence offenders to indeterminate sentences of imprisonment and release them when they have been rehabilitated.
Joynt Scroll 2019 THW revoke ISIS fighters' citizenship, even in instances where that would leave them stateless.
Joynt Scroll 2019 THR the decline of trade unions
Joynt Scroll 2019 THW break-up large social media companies
Joynt Scroll 2019 THS wage subsidies in regions with persistent economic malaise (e.g. The Rust Belt, Kawerau).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THW create special intellectual property rights of indefinite duration for the traditional knowledge and culture of indigenous peoples (e.g. gurana berry processing for the Gurani people of South America; ka mate haka for Ngati Toa; dot paintings for the Papunya Tula people in Australia).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT Labour MPs elected in Maori seats should publicly criticise any Labour Party policy that hurts Maori.
Joynt Scroll 2019 TH, as a parent, would send their children to a kohanga reo school (Māori immersion schools).
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT the UK Parliament should cancel Brexit
Joynt Scroll 2019 THBT NZ should return to First Past the Post (FPP)
Joynt Scroll 2019 THR the narrative that people who are members of marginalised groups (e.g. queer people, people of colour, indigenous people) should only vote for left-wing parties and politicians.
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 This House Regrets the societal expectation of going to university.
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 This House, as a parent, would allow Vought America to inject their child with Compound V
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 THW ban zoos
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 This house, as the US government, would break up Facebook, inc.
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 In areas with high crime, this house would impose a curfew on men.
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 THS Antifa
The Lyceum Debating Championship 2019 If brought back to the 2018 ballot in the Pakistani General Elections, this house would still vote for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).
Feminism Open 2019 As feminists, this house supports all forms of self-commodification of one's sex appeal, escorting, sugardaddying / mommying, and starring in porn videos.
Feminism Open 2019 This house believes that Japanese feminists should advocate for the abolition of the Imperial system (天皇制) as opposed to advocating for the inclusion of female imperial members in the line of succession for the Imperial throne.
Feminism Open 2019 This house believes that women who have experienced gender based discrimination are justified in committing misandry.
Feminism Open 2019 This house, as the feminist movement, would advocate for the introduction of a socialized care system in which all people needing care (the elderly, people with disabilities, etc) are cared for by workers selected by a national draft system.
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT Greece should introduce significant financial incentives for companies and individuals currently based in Athens* to relocate to other Greek cities *Over a third of the Greek population lives in Athens.
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT it is in the interest of the Chinese Communist Party to cease attempts to infringe on "One Country, Two Systems" in Hong Kong, rather than continuing its current approach.
Athens EUDC 2019 THW encourage women to be selfish
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT it is in the interest of dominant organised religions for their leaders to declare more progressive interpretations of traditional dogma* *e.g. on dietary and pilgrimage requirements, the acceptability of contraception, same-sex relationships
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT consumers should predominantly aim to buy locally produced goods and services
Athens EUDC 2019 THW break up Disney
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT schools should teach children to be skeptical of parental authority
Athens EUDC 2019 In circumstances where a unanimous decision is currently required, THP majority voting as the European Council's decision-making approach
Athens EUDC 2019 THW make police commanders personally criminally liable for instances of police brutality committed by their subordinates
Athens EUDC 2019 In situations where deliberate economic policies by another state have caused substantial economic harms, THBT international law should recognise that military retaliation can be justified
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT the US Democratic Party should prioritise employment issues, even at the expense of significant harms to the environment.
Athens EUDC 2019 TH Opposes the Defining Decade norm
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT local governments in developing countries should allocate significant portions of their budget via Participatory Budgeting
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT it is in the interest of the Kremlin to take measures to reduce Russian dependency of China (e.g. limit the selling of raw materials to China, reduce the share of Yuan in Russia's currency reserves, not allowing Chinese companies to develop strategic infrastructure such as 5G in Russia)
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT communities that have been victims of atrocities should emphasise the narrative of the 'banality of evil' when interpreting those atrocities
Athens EUDC 2019 THBT the Greek government should have rejected the 2015 bailout deal and sought to negotiate further concessions, even at the risk of not receiving a bailout.
European Round Robin 2019 TH would attend the Queer Liberation March rather than the Stonewall50 March.
European Round Robin 2019 This House, as religious individual would prefer to be a part of a religious community that proselytizes over the one that does not.
European Round Robin 2019 This House Believes That China should seek to curb debt at the expense of economic growth.
European Round Robin 2019 This House Believes That all wealth beyond the necessary to meet one’s basic needs is immoral.
European Round Robin 2019 This House, as the Iranian government, would fulfill its obligations under the JCPOA
European Round Robin 2019 This House prefers a world where family love was seen as unconditional as opposed to conditional.
DU IV 2019 This house as woke liberal parents living in a conservative red state would choose to home school their children
DU IV 2019 THW not allow media to report on crime reported by refugees
DU IV 2019 THBT the remaining members of ICC should breakaway from ICC & form their own unified cricketing body
DU IV 2019 THW never support or finance rebel groups on foreign soil as a tactic of war
DU IV 2019 THBT the LGBTQ+ Community should include Side B Christians
DU IV 2019 TH prefer a world where human life naturally ends at 50
Poznan Open 2019 In areas where minorities face significant barriers to traditional representation of their culture, THS ethnic majority artists who focus their work around minority culture’s appreciation.
Poznan Open 2019 THBT companies should pay corporate tax in all countries that they operate in (proportional to the amount of revenue made in that country), as opposed to only the country that their headquarters are registered in.
Poznan Open 2019 THR the demonization of Russia in Eastern European countries.
Poznan Open 2019 The year is 2020 and in the UK a second referendum on Brexit has reversed the original decision. TH, as the EU, W not allow the UK to cancel Brexit.
Poznan Open 2019 THBT all military strategies are justified if they save more lives than they cost.
Poznan Open 2019 THW destroy the evidence
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 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)
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 In places where conscription of men already exists, THBT the feminist movement should advocate for conscription of women
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 THW ban private ownership of 3D printers
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 THS such organizations
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 THW elect 51% of parliament by lottery
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 THO artwork that humanizes pro-regime germans during the Second World War
Tilbury House Cologne Open 2019 THR the modern high priorisation of sexual compatibility in romantic relationships.
Vienna IV 2019 THBT women should decline chivalrous gestures
Vienna IV 2019 THS using social media platforms to depict stories from the Holocaust
Vienna IV 2019 THW ban religious arbitration courts
Vienna IV 2019 THS the strategy of “decapitation” in fighting transnational criminal organizations
Vienna IV 2019 THW NOT enforce pharmaceutical patent infringements within developing nations
Vienna IV 2019 THO social media banning of alt-right figures
Vienna IV 2019 THW create and teach a unified history curriculum in the European Union
Vienna IV 2019 THBT Gavrilo Princip was justified in killing Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Cambridge IV 2019 This House Would expel states which fail to spend a minimum of 2% of GDP on defence from NATO.
Cambridge IV 2019 This House Believes that feminist movements in the developing world should integrate religious messages and institutions into their advocacy, rather than distancing themselves from them.
Cambridge IV 2019 This House Believes That the West should massively discourage and disincentivise economic collaboration and exchange with China.
Cambridge IV 2019 This House Would raise their child to prefer to be single.
Cambridge IV 2019 THBT the democratic nominee should commit to abolishing ICE
Cambridge IV 2019 This House Believes That it is in the interest of the Russian Federation for Vladimir Putin to run for a fifth term as President in 2024.
Cambridge IV 2019 This House prefers technocracy to democracy.
Cambridge IV 2019 This House Believes That it is in the interest of the Russian Federation for Vladimir Putin to run for a fifth term as President in 2024.
Cambridge IV 2019 This House prefers technocracy to democracy.
Cambridge IV 2019 THBT Palestinians should prioritise striving to consolidate a Palestinian state in the Westbank and the Gaza Strip as opposed to seeking the right to return to Israel.
Easters 2019 That, as a feminist parent, we would send our daughter to an all-girls school as opposed to a comparable co-ed school.
Easters 2019 That feminists should actively campaign for quotas and increased female involvement in the military.
Easters 2019 That we should ban pregnant women from working during the last month of their pregnancy.
Easters 2019 That we should allow scientific journals to publish anonymous papers.
Easters 2019 That schools should be allowed to expel students who are violent or consistent bullies, even if there is not a school immediately willing to take them.
Easters 2019 That, assuming feasibility, governments should cap parents' expenditure on their children to an amount equivalent to the current median expenditure per year.
Easters 2019 That we should hold pharmaceutical companies liable for harms caused by widespread misuse of their drugs.
Easters 2019 That we should allow doctors to override Advance Care Directives.
Easters 2019 That judges should prescribe Naltrexone instead of mandating Alcoholics Anonymous for offenders of minor alcohol related crimes.
Easters 2019 That African American rap artists have a moral obligation to donate their disposable income to African American low socioeconomic-status areas
Easters 2019 That the queer community should abandon the trend of making queer events/celebrations open to cis/straight allies (eg. bars, parties, events, mardi gras, etc).
Easters 2019 That schools should encourage children from minority backgrounds to 'code switch'.
Easters 2019 That prominent social activists (e.g. the leaders of Black Lives Matter, Aung San Suu Kyi) should not choose to run for office. (
Easters 2019 That it would be in the interests of the Democratic Party if Kamala Harris were to win the Presidential nomination instead of Bernie Sanders.
Easters 2019 That we would, as the Coalition, dedicate substantial resources into challenging the legal status of minor parties and their candidates (eg. Section 44, the number of signatures, etc.)
Easters 2019 That the state should offer criminals a new identity upon serving their sentence (e.g. new name, new background, optional plastic surgery).
Easters 2019 That judges should not consider whether evidence was collected legally when deciding to admit it.
Easters 2019 That we should ban prison guards from striking.
Easters 2019 That the public, via referendum, should be given the power to pardon/give amnesty to whistleblowers.
Easters 2019 That, as a Rohingya Muslim fleeing the Myanmar military, we would join ARSA. (Octo-finals) That we regret the custom of giving gifts.
Easters 2019 That we regret narratives of deference to the elderly (e.g. "older people are more experienced").
Easters 2019 That the Bretton Woods institutions (i.e. the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank) have done more harm than good.
Easters 2019 That, assuming feasibility, we should charge corporations a tax equal to their Social Cost instead of company tax.
Easters 2019 That the queer community should actively embrace religious organisations and queer religious individuals in its leadership positions and advocacy.
Cracow Open 2019 This House welcomes complete video surveillance systems of public spaces in cities.
Cracow Open 2019 This House believes that the EU should pursue further relations with China, at the expense of relations with the US.
Cracow Open 2019 This House would criminalize defamation.
Cracow Open 2019 This House, as an individual, prefers believing that they can singlehandedly change the world over believing that they are just one pawn in the grand scheme of things.
Cracow Open 2019 This House believes that pro-refugee advocacy groups should portray refugees as valuable contributors to society, rather than victims of their circumstances.
Cracow Open 2019 This House believes that wages should be predominantly determined by the public utility of a job.
Cracow Open 2019 This House regrets rising commodification of close and intimate relationships (including but not limited to hiring actors to play your family members; commercial hugging; premium accounts on dating apps).
USUDC 2019 THR the decline in influence of ‘gatekeeping’ media institutions (major newspapers, network news, etc.)
USUDC 2019 THW no longer require parental consent for administering invasive procedures on adolescents (e.g. piercing and tattoos, cosmetic surgery, sex reassignment surgery, etc.)
USUDC 2019 After popular uprisings resulting in the overthrow of long-time dictators, THBT Western nations should make support (e.g. diplomatic recognition, foreign aid, investments) to the new government explicitly contingent on holding internationally observed elections within 6 months of the dictator’s end.
USUDC 2019 THW embrace transhumanist philosophy.
USUDC 2019 THBT secondary education (ages 10-18) should focus on preparing students for local workforce needs rather than focusing on well-rounded basic education (i.e. mathematics, literature, physical and biological sciences, art, history)
USUDC 2019 THW pay known gang members to not commit violent crimes
USUDC 2019 THO employer-provided benefits (e.g. health insurance, childcare, retirement investment accounts)
USUDC 2019 THW create matriarchal semi-autonomous regions within countries, and provide legal, political, and economic support to them
USUDC 2019 TH, as Japan, would support closing all U.S. military bases on Japanese territory.
USUDC 2019 This house regrets the corporatization of higher education.
USUDC 2019 This supports prison abolition as opposed to prison reform.
USUDC 2019 THR the stance of U.S. foreign policy in favor of Sunni forces in the Shia-Sunni conflict in the Middle East.
USUDC 2019 This house regrets the modern idealization of Civil Rights leaders as moderate, pacifist, and respectable.
USUDC 2019 THW divide the United States of America into multiple countries
USUDC 2019 THBT LGBTQ+ activists in non-Western countries should use and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and individuals using their local historical terms (mahjie, hijra, etc.) instead of Western terminology (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender etc.).
America's Cup 2019 THR the decline of Black militant groups
America's Cup 2019 THW ban the colonization of space
America's Cup 2019 THO democracy
Deree Invitational LVII THBT women should pay less income tax than men
Deree Invitational LVII THW give up
Deree Invitational LVII THW never support or finance rebel groups on foreign soil as a tactic of war.
Deree Invitational LVII TH, as the parent of a child prodigy, would push that child to maximize its potential.
Deree Invitational LVII THBT environmentalists and animal rights activists should launch violent campaigns against companies that pollute the environment or violate animals' rights.
Deree Invitational LVII THW introduce a maximum wage.
Deree Invitational LVII THBT the WTO should allow developing countries to impose tariffs on imports from developed countries.
Deree Invitational LVII THBT mainstream political parties in Europe should impose a "cordon sanitaire" on radical populist parties (e.g. VOX, AFD, PPV).
LUMS Asians' Debate Open TH supports job security legislation
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THW implement substantial measures to impose long-termism in corporate investment culture (eg. minimum holding periods for shares, yearly rather than quarterly financial reporting, long term executive compensation plans)
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THW prohibit hedge funds from purchasing sovereign debt issued by countries nearing insolvency
LUMS Asians' Debate Open TH, as the BJP, would reinstate Articles 370 and 35(A) of the Indian Constitution.
LUMS Asians' Debate Open TH, as Xi Jinping, would remove Hong Kong’s Special Administrative Status
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THR the erosion of national sovereignty by large supranational bodies (eg the EU and the UN)
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THR the rise of movements based on ethical consumption
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THBT anyone living above the national median wage has an obligation to donate all excess wealth to charity
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THW implement universal jurisdiction for environmental crimes
LUMS Asians' Debate Open TH, as Greta Thunberg, would openly denounce capitalism as the root of climate change
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THW prevent climate change deniers from seeking political office
LUMS Asians' Debate Open TH, as Iran, would cease all support for military groups in the Middle East (e.g. Hezbollah, Hamas, Houthis etc)
LUMS Asians' Debate Open THBT governments should abandon the strategy of "decapitation" in fighting terrorism. Infoslide: In the context of anti-terrorism, decapitation refers to the strategy of targeting terrorist leaders for assassination.
LUMS Asians' Debate Open TH, as the Chinese state, would send in the People's Liberation Army to take back control of Hong Kong
Estonia Debate Open 2019 THS the use of local lay judges in minor legal cases
Estonia Debate Open 2019 This House supports the US’s use of economic warfare (eg. tariffs, targeted sanctions, etc.) against China in order to force compliance with the rules of the global economic order (eg. opening up its economy, protecting intellectual property, not engaging in currency manipulation, etc.)
Estonia Debate Open 2019 THW ban the research, production and use of lethal autonomous weapons
Estonia Debate Open 2019 TH regrets the Westernisation of the elites in post-colonial societies. (e.g. speaking predominantly in English, wearing western clothing, going to schools and/or universities in the West, consuming predominantly Western media)
Estonia Debate Open 2019 THBT shrinking cities should be allowed to impose an “exit tax” on leaving businesses
Estonia Debate Open 2019 THBT liberal states should sponsor the hacking of infrastructure designed to limit freedom of speech in authoritarian states
Estonia Debate Open 2019 TH, as the UK conservative party, would hold a second Brexit referendum
Estonia Debate Open 2019 TH prefers a world in which the prevailing norm is one of serial monogamy rather than monogamy
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 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).
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 THW grant senior military officers a veto over military decisions made by politicians (e.g. troop deployments, specific missions).
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 TH supports social movements having strict standards for what members should believe e.g feminists excluding pro-life feminists from the Women’s March.
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 THBT developing countries with substantial natural resources should nationalise natural resource production.
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 TH prefers secular governments that exclude all religion from public spaces to those that allow unlimited religious expression.
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 THBT mainstream Spanish political parties should operate cordon sanitaire policies towards radical populists (e.g. VOX).
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 THBT that feminists should not use rhetoric about women being more empathetic or caring than men as part of their advocacy (e.g. “Women are good leaders because they are more compassionate”).
Barcelona Debating Open 2019 TH prefers a world where the majority believed in determinism over one where the majority believed in free will.
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THBT States/Provinces/Territories should be able to decide whether to implement federal laws and regulations.
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THBT Indigenous/Metis peoples should be guaranteed a middle-class income as reparations for past injustices.
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THBT the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office.
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THS Prohibit the advertisement of prescription medicine to the general public
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THBT all undocumented minors should be granted permanent residency.
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THS allow the populace to petition for revotes of elected officials during their term
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THS ban providing military aid to authoritative regimes
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THS substantially increase its development and/or engagement to the Republic of India.
Muslim Interscholastic Tournament THS Considerably decrease its regulation of genetically modified foods.
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THBT Brazil should fully privatize Petrobras / ECCQ Brasil debería privatizar por completo Petrobras
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THBT that Western countries should revoke the citizenship of individuals that traveled to the Middle East to join Jihadi groups, even if they were minors at the time of their departure / ECCQ los países occidentales deberían revocar la ciudadanía a los individuos que se trasladaron a Medio Oriente para integrarse a grupos Jihadistas , incluso si eran menores de edad al momento de su translado
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THS state attempts to help their citizens find and sustain love (e.g. subsidizing subscriptions to matching agencies such as match.com, significant funding for research on what makes a relationship last, creating courses on how to woo and keep a spouse) / EC apoya que el estado busque ayudar a sus ciudadanos a encontrar y mantener el amor (ej. Subsidiando suscripciones a sitios de citas como match.com, financiando significativamente investigaciones sobre cómo hacer que una relación perdure, creando cursos sobre cómo sorprender y conservar a tu pareja)
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THBT major awards of meritocratic distinction (e.g. the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, Oscars, etc) should include a moral clause* *a provision that allows the honoree to receive, or hold, the award only in the case they meet a behavioral standard set by the awarding panel. / ECCQ los principales premios de reconocimiento al mérito (Ej. Premio Nobel, Premio Pulitzer, Oscar’s, etc.) deberían incluir una cláusula moral* *una condición que permite al homenajeado recibirlo y conservarlo únicamente cuando cumplan con un estándar de comportamiento establecido por el jurado calificador.
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THBT developing countries should pursue the establishment of charter cities / ECCQ los países en vía de desarrollo deberían establecer ciudades chárter
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THBT the general educational approach in schools should be to discourage children from assessing their achievements in comparison to their peers. / ECCQ el enfoque general de la educación en los colegios debe ser desincentivar que los niños midan sus logros comparándolos con los de sus pares.
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 In countries with proportional representation, THS founding political parties that exclusively represents women’s interests / En países con representación proporcional, EC apoya la creación de partidos políticos que representan exclusivamente los intereses de las mujeres.
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THW prohibit businesses from adopting a public position on social justice issues (e.g. LGBTQIA+, racial relations, abortion, etc)
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 THS countries granting rights to nature
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 EC preferiría unirse al Club de los 27 que vivir una vida anónima promedio.
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 En casos en que un funcionario público sea acusado de corrupción, EC reduciría el estándar probatorio al del “balance de probabilidades”* en vez del de la “duda razonable”.
Pan American Debating Championships 2019 ECCQ el involucramientode Estados Unidos en Panama (presencia militar, influencia cultural, relaciones economicas estrechas, etc) beneficia a los panamenos.
Colgate Open THBT DINOs do more harm than good to the Democratic Party
Colgate Open In minority communities, THW prioritize free access to university over higher standards of schools education
Colgate Open THW, as a parent, teach their daughters to devalue romantic relationships
Colgate Open As part of the post-conflict government transition, TH, as the US would have partitioned Iraq into 3 separate states.
Colgate Open THW break up big tech companies (Amazon, Facebook, Google).
Colgate Open THBT liberal supreme courts should misinterpret the constitution to advance progressive rights
Colgate Open The westminster model is a form of government in which the executive is drawn from the elected parliament (ie. Canada, UK, Australia ect.) The prime minister is the head of the largest party or coalition, and all the cabinet ministers are Members of Parliament. In a Presidential Executive only the President (and Vice President) are elected by the population and all cabinet positions (executive) are appointed by the President (ie. the United States, France). The President also normally does not have direct control over the legislature. Motion: THS the presidential executive over the westminster model
Colgate Open THBT there is no moral obligation to follow the law
Colgate Open Assuming that it would be illegal for anyone to become stateless, THW create a marketplace for the buying and selling of citizenship between private individuals.
NAW*DC THW make college admissions a randomized lottery
NAW*DC THW record and publicize all criminal trial proceedings (eg, indictment hearings, testimonies, jury deliberations)
NAW*DC THS international intervention in Venezuela
NAW*DC Assuming it could be done without placing the burden of secrecy on adults, THP a world in which individuals are unaware of the existence of organized religions for the duration of their childhood.
NAW*DC THR the narrative of the American Dream.
NAW*DC THR society's focus on the perspectives of mass murderers
NAW*DC THBT western tech companies should actively pursue contracts with the Chinese government and Chinese firms
NAW*DC TH, as the LGBTQ+ community, would boycott RuPaul's Drag Race.
NAW*DC Assuming the public would never find out, THP historical narratives that prioritize equal representation throughout history, even if people and events need to be fabricated.
Budapest Open 2019 THBT the US should abandon complete denuclearization as a prerequisite to easing sanctions on NK
Budapest Open 2019 THBT the US should abandon complete denuclearization as a prerequisite to easing sanctions on NK
Budapest Open 2019 THR the rise in political consumerism
Budapest Open 2019 THR the rise in political consumerism
Budapest Open 2019 Given a way to accurately measure an individual's empathy, THW only allow individuals with high levels of empathy for people beyond their immediate circle to vote in elections.
Budapest Open 2019 Given a way to accurately measure an individual's empathy, THW only allow individuals with high levels of empathy for people beyond their immediate circle to vote in elections.
Budapest Open 2019 THBT the IMF should require collateral in exchange for loans
Budapest Open 2019 THBT the IMF should require collateral in exchange for loans
Budapest Open 2019 TH, as the Pope, would abolish the concept of Hell
Budapest Open 2019 TH, as the Pope, would abolish the concept of Hell
Budapest Open 2019 THS the creation of a global citizenship market
Budapest Open 2019 THS the creation of a global citizenship market
Budapest Open 2019 TH, as the EPP, Would Expel Fidesz
Budapest Open 2019 TH, as the EPP, Would Expel Fidesz
Budapest Open 2019 In cities and areas with rapidly increasing housing costs, THW tax new residents and use the revenue to subsidize housing costs for citizens already residing in the area
Budapest Open 2019 In cities and areas with rapidly increasing housing costs, THW tax new residents and use the revenue to subsidize housing costs for citizens already residing in the area
Budapest Open 2019 THR the narrative that forgiveness is a virtue
Budapest Open 2019 THR the narrative that forgiveness is a virtue
Empire Debates 2019 THW establish a content rating system (e.g. the MPAA rating system for movies) for children’s and Young Adult literature - Round 2
Empire Debates 2019 TH, as a hopeful for the Democratic presidential nomination, would not endorse Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal
Empire Debates 2019 THBT Muslim states in Asia (including but not limited to Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan, etc) should participate in currency, finance, and resource unions with Arab states rather than regional powerhouses (e.g. China, India, Russia).
Empire Debates 2019 Assuming a world where superheroes exist, TH, as the United Nations, would regulate their engagement in conflicts
Empire Debates 2019 THBT in times of crisis that threaten the existence of a community (e.g., famine, war, plague, natural disaster, etc), capable individuals from the community have a moral obligation to dedicate their time directly towards ending the crisis instead of pursuing nonessential activities (e.g., playing sports, making non-propagandist/apolitical art, going on vacation to the beach, pursuing education irrelevant to the crisis, etc.
Empire Debates 2019 THW reallocate public school funding to create a voucher program for the poorest 10% of American households
Empire Debates 2019 THBT the United States and its allies should abandon the use of gay rights diplomacy in developing nations.
Empire Debates 2019 THR the concept of martyrdom
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT governments should stop funding scientific programmes that have no immediate benefit for humankind (such as space travel and exploration, human cloning)
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT Western states should permanently revoke the citizenship of citizens who join terrorist organisations
Munich Research Open 2019 TH regrets the EU’s introduction of freedom of movement
Munich Research Open 2019 THW suspend trade union powers and significantly relax labour protection laws in times of economic crisis
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT causing deliberate harms to enemy civilians, by the weaker side, is a justified tactic in asymmetrical warfare
Munich Research Open 2019 TH regrets the idealisation of motherhood
Munich Research Open 2019 Infoslide: For the purposes of this debate, you are an out gay/lesbian individual in a Western liberal democracy.
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT female political candidates in liberal democracies should not appeal to traditional female roles in their campaigns
Leiden Open 2019 THBT the European Union should expel Hungary
Leiden Open 2019 This House Supports the rise of websites that provide free access to open source and pay-wall protected academic resources
Leiden Open 2019 issues that are classically seen as part of the political domain are increasingly decided on by courts through legislation. Examples include, but are not limited to: the Dutch state successfully being sued to take stronger measures against climate change (Urgenda) and forcing political parties to allow women as candidates (SGP), the British Supreme Court deciding whether the Lower House should have a vote on Brexit and Trumps measures being increasingly challenged in courts. Motion: THR the judicialisation of politics
Leiden Open 2019 THW allow natural persons to pay people not to vote
Leiden Open 2019 THW choose the job they are passionate about
Leiden Open 2019 This House prefers a world with a dominant norm of not expressing strong emotions
Leiden Open 2019 India, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, and South Korea. The structure of the alliance treaty replicates all the clauses of the NATO treaty. Motion: This House supports Asian NATO
Leiden Open 2019 Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori. Motion: This house believes that ”Dulce et Decorum Est pro Patria Mori” (i.e. the belief that it is sweet and right to die for your country)
Manchester IV 2019 THS civil rights activists using disruptive or violent civil disobedience as a tool of protest (e.g. the Stansted 15, Gilets Jaunes/Antifa movements)
Manchester IV 2019 THBT major film studios should substantially increase the number of lead roles for female villains in their blockbuster films
Manchester IV 2019 THS a Unity Ticket by prominent members of the Republican and Democratic parties in the 2020 US presidential elections
Manchester IV 2019 THW implement filial responsibility laws
Manchester IV 2019 THBT states should actively attempt to make contact with Uncontacted Peoples and provide them with modern medicine and technology
Manchester IV 2019 THR the trend of centring self-destructive/antisocial characters as protagonists in media (e.g. Bojack Horseman, Rick and Morty, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Sherlock, Mad Men…)
Manchester IV 2019 THBT developing countries should actively discourage the creation of primate cities
Manchester IV 2019 TH prefers a world with a widespread belief in Radical Freedom
Manchester IV 2019 THBT the scientific community should reject the view that science and religion are non-overlapping magisteria
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 THW ban embedded journalism
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 THW publicly televise the execution of death row inmates
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 THW actively relocate unemployed people living in areas of high and structural unemployment
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 THW provide amnesty to violent political dissidents in exchange for removing their ability to vote or run for public office, e.g. the integration of FARC rebels into Colombia
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 THBT professionals should have the right to refuse to provide their services based on religous grounds.
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 THW give land grants to women in developing nations
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 This house, as an upper-middle-class African American, would resettle in Africa.
GWU IV / US Universities Debate Eastern Championship 2019 Assuming feasibility, THW sacrifice the rich.
PEP IV THW give two votes to members of disenfranchised ethnic minorities.
PEP IV THW ban TalkToys
PEP IV THBT liberal democrats should provide financial and legal aid to their citizens who wish to permanently migrate abroad.
PEP IV THBT Asian countries should pivot away from US and seeker closer ties with China.
PEP IV THBT Pope Francis should take radical action to convince Catholics to vote only for political parties who promote redistributive policies.
PEP IV THBT states should prioritise the lives of their own soldiers over those of enemy non-combatants.
PEP IV THR the decline of Marxism in Western Europe.
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thw ban personal accolades in team sports
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thw make it a war crime to kill child soldiers in any circumstance
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open in developing nations, thbt workers should be allowed to trade off their employment benefits (eg pensions, health insurance, protections from labor laws) in exchange for higher wages
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open th, as the actress would accept the role
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thw subsidize youths that opt into entrepreneurship instead of pursuing university degrees (designing, launching, and running a new business eg start ups)
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thw relocate refugees to countries based solely on the receiving countries' level of economic wealth
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thr the recreational ownership of pets
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open th, as the us Democrats, would agree to fund trump's border wall in exchange for increased gun control measures
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thr the glorification of altruism
FLTRP Training Beijing Debate Open thw set a cap on the personal wealth an individual is allowed to own (including the value of shares that individuals own in companies
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THW actively instill a value of disobeying authority in children.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 TH as the US would never militarily intervene in other countries.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THR the westernization of the elites in post-colonial countries.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THBT being single is preferable to being in a relationship.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THBT liberal media organisations should actively glorify democratic candidates of color.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THBT it is always unjustifiable to maintain friendship with somebody who use hate speech.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THR the celebration of soldiers as heroes.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 Assuming that technology to do so existed, THW would progressively tax happiness and redistribute it.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 TH, as an Asian American, would not support the suit against Harvard University.
Cornell Novice Nationals 2019 & Cornell IV 2019 THS the idea of authoritarian reformers in developing countries.
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT governments should stop funding scientific programmes that have no immediate benefit for humankind (such as space travel and exploration, human cloning)
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT Western states should permanently revoke the citizenship of citizens who join terrorist organisations
Munich Research Open 2019 TH regrets the EU’s introduction of freedom of movement
Munich Research Open 2019 THW suspend trade union powers and significantly relax labour protection laws in times of economic crisis
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT causing deliberate harms to enemy civilians, by the weaker side, is a justified tactic in asymmetrical warfare
Munich Research Open 2019 TH regrets the idealisation of motherhood
Munich Research Open 2019 THW never enter into a relationship with a closeted individual
Munich Research Open 2019 THBT female political candidates in liberal democracies should not appeal to traditional female roles in their campaigns
UDP Open 2019 THBT European countries should change school syllabuses to disproportionally emphasis Arab and Islamic contributions to European culture.
UDP Open 2019 THW hold the Catholic Church legally responsible for sexual abuse, harrasment and grooming committed by clergy members.
UDP Open 2019 THBT the BDS movement reduces the likelihood of a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
UDP Open 2019 Given the technology was available, THW allow the sale of personality traits and characteristics (such as IQ, musicality and determination).
UDP Open 2019 THW grant Maduro and main officials of the Venezuelan regime amnesty in exchange for handing power over to Juan Guadio.
UDP Open 2019 TH as a Yellow Vest, supports attempts by Les Emergents to run for elections in European and French elections.
Berkeley IV 2019 THBT housing activists in San Francisco should advocate for the abolition of zoning regulations rather than increased rent control..
Berkeley IV 2019 For nonviolent infractions (e.g. failure to pay tax or debts, possession of illict substances), THP an individual social credit system over incarceration.
Berkeley IV 2019 THBT liberal media outlets should prioritize sensational reporting (e.g., Daily Kos, Young Turks) over neutral journalism (e.g., CNN, New York Times).
Berkeley IV 2019 THBT environmental activists should reject eco-friendly public-private partnerships and insist on stricter environmental regulations
Berkeley IV 2019 THBT search engine algorithms and results should not be protected by the First Amendment as editorial speech.
Berkeley IV 2019 THBT it is in the interest of Britain to have a second referendum on Brexit.
Berkeley IV 2019 THBT capitalism and feminism are fundamentally incompatible.
The PES Debate Open This House would allow people raised in isolated communities (e.g. the Amish, Hasidic Jews) to sue their communities for harms caused by their lifestyle
The PES Debate Open TH, as the US Democrats, would give funding for the border wall in order to definitively end the government shutdown
The PES Debate Open This House regrets mainstream media's popularization of Western drag culture
The PES Debate Open THBT liberal states should fund the hacking of infrastructure designed to limit freedom of speech in authoritarian states
The PES Debate Open This House regrets the increasing presence of nihilism in popular culture (eg. BoJack Horseman, Rick and Morty, Nihilist Memes etc.)
The PES Debate Open This House prefers a world where everybody believes in the concept of a sleeping God rather than an active God.
The PES Debate Open This House would rather be a part of the "Club 27" than live an average anonymous life
The PES Debate Open This House believes that Tech Giants (e.g. Google, Amazon, Facebook) should NOT be permitted to sue for patent infringement
The PES Debate Open This House believes that the world was better 10 years ago #tenyearchallenge
Northams 2019 THS universal basic income rather than conditional welfare programs (such as unemployment and food stamps).
Northams 2019 THBT Scotland should immediately announce a second referendum on independence from the UK.
Northams 2019 Given political feasibility, TH prefers a carbon tax to cap-and-trade.
Northams 2019 THBT the LGBTQ+ movement should not have focused on military inclusion as a major policy initiative.
Northams 2019 THBT states should not publicly subsidize the production or display of art.
Northams 2019 THBT the United States should offer significant military aid, lifting of sanctions, and economic aid to the Venezuelan military if they oust Maduro and support Guaido.
Northams 2019 TH, as Canada, would not extradite Meng Wanzhou to the United States.
Northams 2019 THBT the threater and musical community should abandon the "no-change" norm.
Northams 2019 THBT popular referenda should be banned in Western liberal democracies.
Northams 2019 TH, as Canada, would not extradite Meng Wanzhou to the United States.
Northams 2019 THBT the threater and musical community should abandon the "no-change" norm.
Northams 2019 THBT every billionaire is a policy failure.
Western Washington University 2019 The GOP should seek to run an alternate candidate to compete with Trump during the presidential primaries
Western Washington University 2019 This House Would hold a second binding referendum on whether the UK should leave the EU
Western Washington University 2019 This House Regrets the feminist movement's devaluation of traditionally feminine roles
Western Washington University 2019 This House Regrets the increased prevalence of hostile architecture
Western Washington University 2019 This House Would not intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela
Western Washington University 2019 This House Believes That acts of political protest that intentionally result in the death of an individual protester should not be stopped by others (for example: self immolation, in protest of Tibet)
Western Washington University 2019 This House Believes That acts of political protest that intentionally result in the death of an individual protester should not be stopped by others (for example: self immolation, in protest of Tibet)
Western Washington University 2019 This House, the US Congress, Should enforce the war powers act by limiting the ability of the executive branch to independently use military force against or within the boundaries of sovereign nations, except when authorized by Congress
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THP a world without state-funded news organizations (e.g. BBC, AlJazeera, China Xinuan News, Russia Today (RT), etc.)
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THW expand the legal definition of a "false police report" to include reports made with minimal information, or reports that could reasonably be considered unnecessary.
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THBT the development of highly realistic virtual reality technology for recreational use does more harm than good.
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THP state capitalism over liberal capitalism.
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THS governments donating the organs of an individual after death, even against the wishes of that person or their family
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THW require participants of institutions from former colonial powers to pay higher registration fees when attending large-scale international events (such as academic conferences, sporting events, debate tournaments, etc.)
Brad Smith Debate Tournament TH as the OIC would cease business with China (eg freezing assets, boycotting firms, imposing tarrifs, imposing sanctions) until the Uighurs are given safety and religious liberty
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THBT disruptions of the government (eg fillibusters, civil servant strikes, and government shutdowns) are a legitimate political tool
Brad Smith Debate Tournament THBT extreme economic need should be grounds for asylum
York IV 2019 Given a trade-off, THW direct environmental policy towards mitigation of climate change, rather than prevention.
York IV 2019 THW make Ulysses contracts legally enforceable
York IV 2019 THW require all professional football teams to be majority-owned by their fans
York IV 2019 TH, as Turkey, would heavily align its foreign policy agenda towards Russia
York IV 2019 THW prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes
Campus-Debatte Wien 2019 This House would abolish prisons.
Campus-Debatte Wien 2019 This House regrets the thought of the "Zero Hour
Campus-Debatte Wien 2019 This House believes that all states should create and publish a list of those financial institutions that would be saved by Bail-Out in a crisis.
Campus-Debatte Wien 2019 This house would abolish the Womens’ League in chess
Campus-Debatte Wien 2019 This house prefers the transhumanist world to the current state of humanity in the western world
Campus-Debatte Wien 2019 This house prefers a post-growth society to a society geared towards growth.
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House, as South Africa, would forcibly break up exclusive Afrikaaner enclaves
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that the protections of international law conventions and treaties should not apply to combatants from terrorist organisations (e.g. prohibition on torture, prisoner of war status, guarantee of post-conflict release)
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House opposes the norm that romantic love should be the primary source of fulfilment in a person's life
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that the ongoing process of decolonisation should include actively disempowering religions that were imposed on the country during colonialism
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House would implement substantial measures to impose long-termism in corporate investment culture (e.g. minimum holding periods for shares, yearly rather than quarterly financial reporting, long-term executive compensation plans)
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House supports granting megacities autonomous control over their economic and social policy (e.g. immigration, health, criminal justice) with national taxation policy remaining under the control of the federal government
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House would actively encourage women not to have children
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that the United States should disengage from Syria
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that developing countries should privatise their State-Owned Enterprises (such as airlines, railway utility companies)
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House would grant individuals and organisations open standing to challenge the constitutionality of laws enacted by their government
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that it is unjustified to assist evil regimes in systematically persecuting members of their identity group in order to mitigate and moderate the regime's abuses (e.g. Israel Kasztner in Nazi-controlled Hungary, Wang Jingwei in Japan-occupied China).
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House would subsidise art that glorifies the working class
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House supports governments significantly increasing their use of big data-based predictive models in decision-making to replace human judgements (e.g. criminal justice policy, allocation of healthcare resources, housing development)
Cape Town WUDC 2019 In the lead up to the 1994 negotiated settlement in South Africa, this house believes that the ANC should have demanded further concessions (e.g. removing the amnesty provision in the TRC, greater land and economic rights) even at the expense of prolonging the conflict.
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that the WHO should adopt a convention which bans the sell of drugs with high resistance tendencies (e.g. antibiotics) to countries which do not comply with WHO guidelines regarding their medical and agricultural use
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that an approach of Political Expansionism on the part of the Chinese state is in the interests of the Chinese people
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House supports a norm of embracing anger in public discourse rather than one of aspiring to dispassionate objectivity
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House would impose a narrow banking regulation
Cape Town WUDC 2019 This House believes that the present condition of humanity is preferable to its condition in 100 years time.