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Date Tournament Round Motion
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 1 THBT the European Union should expel Hungary
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 2 This House Supports the rise of websites that provide free access to open source and pay-wall protected academic resources
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 3 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
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 4 THW allow natural persons to pay people not to vote
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 5 THW choose the job they are passionate about
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 Novice_Final This House prefers a world with a dominant norm of not expressing strong emotions
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 Open_Semis 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
2019-03-01 Leiden Open 2019 Open_Final 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)
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.
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 1 THW ban fortune telling
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 2 THW directly elect the members of the US Supreme Court
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 3 THBT schools should motivate children to believe that anyone can succeed through hard work regardless of their background
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 4 THW grant those diagnosed with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing
2016-02-27 Leiden Open 5 THBT post conflict governments should recruit rebel soldiers into state armies
2016-02-27 Leiden Open Novice_Final THW would allow the armed forces to unionise, strike, and collectively bargain
2016-02-27 Leiden Open Open_Semi THW allow individuals to sell their right to sue to a third party
2016-02-27 Leiden Open Open_Final THW enact an immediate democracy
2015-02-28 Leiden Open 1 This House would allow euthanasia for consenting adults and children
2015-02-28 Leiden Open 2 This House believes that democratic countries should not allow family members of recent presidents to run for office
2015-02-28 Leiden Open 3 This House believes that the EU should introduce a unified tax system for companies
2015-02-28 Leiden Open 4 This House would ban the provision of amnesties for serious crimes commited during wartime
2015-02-28 Leiden Open 5 This House opposes organised religion
2015-02-28 Leiden Open Novice_Final This House would cut all benefits from those able but unwilling to work
2015-02-28 Leiden Open Open_Semi This House would make soldiers, upon return from the battlefield, take a pill that lets them forget about the war
2015-02-28 Leiden Open Open_Final This House believes that capitalism is absolutely incompatible with long term peace
2014-02-22 Leiden Open 1 THBT the governments of developing nations should actively encourage slum tourism
2014-02-22 Leiden Open 2 TH, as a critic, would advise the public not to consume works of music, film and art produced by artists that you deem morally reprehensible, regardless of the artistic merit of their work
2014-02-22 Leiden Open 3 There have been successful experiments with citizens actively involved in the rehabilitation process of ex-convicts by, for example, hosting them in their house, or building supportive relationships with them. In these programmes, the state ensured adequate financial and professional assistance. The participation in these programmes by citizens and ex-convicts has always been voluntary. Motion: THW randomly select citizens to actively assist in the rehabilitation process of ex-convicts, and make participation mandatory for those citizens
2014-02-22 Leiden Open 4 THBT the state should make funding for political parties proportionate to the number of members from low-income brackets in those parties
2014-02-22 Leiden Open 5 THW nationalise prostitution
2014-02-22 Leiden Open Novice_Final Some awards in literature, theater, film, sports, etc. are granted only to people from specific minorities (NAACP awards) Motion: TH as a nominee of such an award would not accept it.
2014-02-22 Leiden Open Open_Semis Some academic and cultural institutions have a practice of awarding prizes that recognise the achievements of members of minority groups. For example, “Muslim Student Achievement Award” or “African American Writer of the Year”. Motion:THB it is legitimate for states to deny residence or asylum to immigrants who openly contradict their predominant values
2014-02-22 Leiden Open Open_Final THBT the Catholic church should make absolution for those who have committed a crime conditional upon them handing themselves into the police.
2013-03-22 Leiden Open 1 THW criminalize gang membership.
2013-03-22 Leiden Open 2 THBT adoption agencies should seek to place children in families with a similar culture to that of their biological parents.
2013-03-22 Leiden Open 3 THW require re-ratification of all international treaties, including the EU, by popular referenda every decade.
2013-03-22 Leiden Open 4 THBT the international community should treat espionage as a justification for military retaliation.
2013-03-22 Leiden Open 5 THBT the news media should also represent the criminal’s point of view when reporting on criminal convictions.
2013-03-22 Leiden Open Open_Semis THBT the LGBT rights movement should abandon the ‘born this way’ campaign. (Info: ‘Some people believe that they were born LGBT, some LGBT people believe that it is a choice that they made. Currently, the LGBT movement uses being ‘Born this way’ as a way of legitimising equal rights.’)
2013-03-22 Leiden Open Open_Final In times of war, THBT relatives of civilians killed by the military occupation, should be able to sue the soldiers responsible for their relative’s death in civilian court.