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Date Tournament Round Motion
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
2017-09-09 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.)
2017-03-25 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
2017-03-10 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.
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 1 THP a unified state-dominated public policy research landscape to one dominated by ideologically defined think tanks
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 2 THBT Kashmir should strive for independence rather than political unification with Pakistan
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 3 THP a world where the notion of the afterlife is based on karmic balance and not divine mercy
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 4 THBT when systemically important financial institutions are in need of financial assistance during recessions, the burden should fall upon creditors (eg, via diluting shareholder value by turning debt into equity) rather than the government stepping in
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 5 THBT Islamic Authorities in South East Asia should issue a fatwa declaring Wahhabism to be un-Islamic
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 6 THBT western social justice groups (feminist advocacy groups, LGBT advocacy groups) should have a local agenda, as opposed to a global agenda
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Quarters THR regrets the market’s erosion of the nation state
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Semis THR the rise of New Atheism.
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Final THBT indigenous peoples would be justified in sabotaging (violently or otherwise) economic projects in the event that they are built across or on their land without their democratic consent.
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) 1 THS the rise of homeschooling among minority communities
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) 2 THBT environmental refugees should be granted citizenship in countries that have contributed most heavily to global pollution
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) 3 THBT minority groups seeking public support for equal rights should emphasize distinct cultures over similarity to the mainstream.
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) 4 THW financially assist inner-city neighbourhoods in order to prevent gentrification, for instance by subsidizing mixed-income housing over public housing projects.
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) 5 THBT all democracies should ban relatives of past office holders from running for election
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) Novice_Finals THS genderless parenting
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) Open_Semis THBT the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should have its own regional peacekeeping force.
2015-11-27 Canadian British Parliamentary Championships (@ York University) Open_Finals THBT private education institutions should facilitate student demands for spaces of protest to be kept free of media
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic 1 THBT developed nations should abolish all protectionist trade policies
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic 2 THBT sports leagues with systems of promotion and relegation are good for fans.
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic 3 THBT the transgender movement should leave the LGBTQ movement
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic 4 Deaf culture is the set of social beliefs, behaviours, art, literary traditions, history, values and shared institutions of communities that are influenced by deafness and which use sign languages as the main means of communication. As a hearing parent of a deaf child, THW choose to mainstream your child to the exclusion of participation in deaf culture.
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic 5
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic Open_Semis
2015-10-24 HWS Fall Classic Open_Finals THW abolish all US military aid to Saudi Arabia.
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
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 1 THW Give Extra Votes to Individuals who Live in Areas with Consistently Low Voter Turnout
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 2 This House Believes That the state should pay a salary to stay-at-home parents
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 3 Given the existence of "SASP Glasses" technology, This House Would ban them.
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 4 This House Believes That western tech companies should collectively refuse to comply with the Russian personal information law
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 5 This House Believes That developed nations should not recruit high-skilled workers (Such as doctors, engineers, etc.) from developing countries
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 Open_Semis Given the ability to accurately measure the moral track record of a person, This House Would criminalize having a consistently negative moral track record
2016-11-26 Moscow Open 2016 Open_Final This House Believes that the Election of Donald Trump Serves the Interests of Russian Citizens
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 1 When police are put on trial for alleged instances of a violent wrongdoing, this House would decrease the burden of proof to the balance of probabilities.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 2 This House would allow negative voting.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 3 This House believes that armies should indoctrinate soldiers to take their own lives in the event that they fall captive to the enemy.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 4 This House believes that the state should promote the norm of the 'single life'.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 5 This House believes that NATO should expel members that do not meet the organisation's defence spending targets.
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 1 THW prosecute violent fouls in sports as criminal assault
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 2 THBT ICC should forcefeed detainees going on hunger strike.
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 3 TH, as China, would allow women, and only women, to marry multiple male partners
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 4 THBT Israel should Privatize the West Bank Checkpoints
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 5 THR the overwhelming narrative of good triumphing over evil in childrens
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 Open_Semis THW rather be a part of “Club 27” thank live an average anonymous
2016-10-28 Belgrade Open 2016 Open_Final In retrospect, THW have preferred Truth and Reconciliation Comissions over the ICTY to deal with the aftermath of the Yugoslav Wars
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 1 TH, as Catholics, would oppose the canonisation of Mother Theresa.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 2 TH believes that the US Government should provide significant campaign funding for congressmen and senators who score highly on bi-partisan metrics*. *Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc., calculated by independent bodies.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 3 TH believes that the life in the cartel is a better life for Tony Montana than a life of following the law.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 4 TH believes that the state’s general economic approach should be to promote policies which seek to maximise net economic gain*, even when it comes at the expense of structural unemployment. * For example free trade agreements and the automation of labour.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 5 TH believes that Japan should depict the act of Inseki-Jisatsu as cowardly.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open 6 TH believes that liberal states should provide legal and financial aid to citizens who wish to permanently emigrate from them.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open Open_Semis TH believes that it is within the interest of Tibetans to assimilate with China.
2016-09-07 Red Sea Open Open_Final TH would allow the “Cultural Defence” in all criminal proceedings.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 1 THW make the number of votes an individual has inversely proportional to their wealth (i.e. the more wealth an individual has the fewer votes in an election).
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 2 TalkToys are dolls with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and speech recognition software that enable them to engage in an actual conversation with children (they have a lexicon of thousands of prescript responses). TalkToys are meant to serve as a companion to the child, and they are in the late stages of development. Prominent examples of toys that will be able to talk include Barbie, G.I Joe and Star Wars and Action Figures. THW Ban TalkToys.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 3 The NRA, National Rifle Association of America, is a lobbying group in Washington. Its notable actions include influencing legislation aimed to deregulate gun ownership laws, initiating lawsuits against municipalities that have banned or have placed strict regulations on firearm laws, and endorsing candidates mainly of the Republican Party. THBT the US should require the NRA to pay reparations to victims of gun violence.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 4 THW suspend trade unions and labour protection laws in times of economic crisis.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 5 Conscription is mandatory in Egypt for males of ages between 18 to 30. The service obligation is between 12 to 36 months and is followed by a 9-year reserve duty. THBT Egypt Should Conscript Women to Female-Only Units.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 6 THBT Sex Education Classes in Schools Should Teach Techniques For Pure Sexual Gratification (including, but not limited to, anal sex, oral sex, mutual gratification and masturbation).
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 7 THW release inmates from jail solely on the basis of their rehabilitation and not upon the completion of a predetermined period of time.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 ProAm_Final During the first centuries AD there was no religious law demanding clerical celibacy in the Catholic sect of Christianity, and there is no direct mentioning of such a requirement in the New Testament. Celibacy is being thought to have been universally adopted by Catholiscm after a decision made by a council in 12th century. TH, as Pope Francis, would remove the requirement of catholic priests to take a vow of celibacy.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 Open_Semis THBT jobs that are deemed to be of moral value or societal importance should have their wages set by the state.
2016-03-18 Erasmus Rotterdam Open 2016 Open_Final THBT using Human Shield tactics, by the weaker side, can be justified in a-symmetrical wars.
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.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 1 When police are put on trial for alleged instances of a violent wrongdoing, this House would decrease the burden of proof to the balance of probabilities.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 2 This House would allow negative voting.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 3 This House believes that armies should indoctrinate soldiers to take their own lives in the event that they fall captive to the enemy.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 4 This House believes that the state should promote the norm of the 'single life'.
2016-11-11 Oxford IV 5 This House believes that NATO should expel members that do not meet the organisation's defence spending targets.
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 1 THP a unified state-dominated public policy research landscape to one dominated by ideologically defined think tanks
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 2 THBT Kashmir should strive for independence rather than political unification with Pakistan
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 3 THP a world where the notion of the afterlife is based on karmic balance and not divine mercy
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 4 THBT when systemically important financial institutions are in need of financial assistance during recessions, the burden should fall upon creditors (eg, via diluting shareholder value by turning debt into equity) rather than the government stepping in
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 5 THBT Islamic Authorities in South East Asia should issue a fatwa declaring Wahhabism to be un-Islamic
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 6 THBT western social justice groups (feminist advocacy groups, LGBT advocacy groups) should have a local agenda, as opposed to a global agenda
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Quarters THR regrets the market’s erosion of the nation state
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Semis THR the rise of New Atheism.
2016-10-21 North American Universities Debating Championships 2016 Open_Final THBT indigenous peoples would be justified in sabotaging (violently or otherwise) economic projects in the event that they are built across or on their land without their democratic consent.
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