WUDC Motions

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2017 Dutch WUDC

CA Team: Syed Saddiq, Karin Merckens, Hyewon Rho, Michael Dunn Goekjian, Omer Nevo, Jodie O'Neill, Veenu Goswami, Yashodhan Nair, Ingrid Rodriguez

Round Motion Infoslide
1 This House believes that post-genocidal regimes should destroy all places of extermination (for example, death camps)
2 This House would allow members of the armed forces to form labour unions
3 This House believes that sports leagues should significantly tax and redistribute from wealthier teams to poorer teams
4 In areas with rapidly rising property prices, This House would suspend all restrictions on property development that are not health and safety requirements (for example, environmental zoning regulations, building height restrictions, and regulations on the appearance of buildings)
5 This House believes that the Netherlands should allow citizens to purchase additional votes from the government at a cost proportional to their wealth (for example, one additional vote for 1% of wealth)
6 This House believes that the world would be a better place if women from privileged backgrounds turned down any benefits arising from affirmative action programs.
7 This House believes that South Korea should produce nuclear weapons
8 This House regrets the glamorization of start-up culture that encourages people to start their own companies rather than pursue traditional career paths
9 This House would temporarily and significantly relax minimum labour standards in times of unusually high unemployment, including workplace health and safety standards, minimum wage, working hours restrictions etc.
EFL_Final THBT the European left should promote a hard left agenda, including the nationalisation of major industry, very high tax rates on wealthy, and expansion of the welfare states.
ESL_Quarters This House believes that the US government should provide significant campaign funding for US congressmen and senators who score highly on bi-partisan metrics. Scores derived from instances of voting with the other party, co-sponsoring bills, etc., calculated by independent bodies.
ESL_Semis This house, as the pope, would abolish the requirement for clerical celibacy.
ESL_Final THW force all news organisations to operate as non-profits
Open_Partial_Double_Octos This house believes that countries close to conflict zones should only grant long-term asylum to refugees who agree to one year of military service.
Open_Octos This house would ban advocacy for religious belief in public places
Open_Semis TH, as the Chinese Communist Party, will allow fair and competitive elections for local elections
Open_Final This House would apply universal jurisdiction to crimes against the environment

2016 Thessaloniki WUDC

CA Team: Manos Moschopoulos, Arinah Najwa, Chris Bisset, John McKee, Josh Zoffer, Sarah Balakrishnan, Tasneem Elias

Round Motion Infoslide
1 THW allow states to use mercenary forces in combat roles in active military operations Mercenaries are soldiers for hire outside of national armed forces. They can be hired either as individuals contracted by a state or through companies offering these services to a state.
2 THW prohibit private ownership of art deemed to be culturally or historically significant
3 THBT all states should collectively aggregate and evenly distribute all revenue from mineral wealth globally on a per capita basis
4 THBT governments with racially diverse populations should never record the ethnic or racial background of their residents
5 THBT the US should withdraw from East Asia and cede regional hegemony to China.
6 THBT states should adopt sunset clauses that legally force them to review and either re-authorize or revise their constitutions every generation A sunset clause is a legal measure that provides that the law in which it is contained shall expire after a specific date, unless further action is taken to extend it.
7 TH supports stronger collective bargaining rights and protections rather than legislated labor market regulations (e.g., wage levels and working conditions)
8 THBT the creation of feminist icons and their cults of personality are good for the feminist movement
9 THBT criminal punishments should be based only on the offenders' culpability rather than the damages caused by the criminal act or other outcomes derived from the punishment Culpability is a measure of the degree to which a person can be held morally responsible for an offense.
EFL_Semis TH would retrospectively criminalise excessively risky management practises for economically significant corporations and prosecute the executives responsible for them.
EFL_Final THBT campaigners for refugee protection should not use pictures displaying the graphic suffering of refugees as part of their advocacy.
ESL_Quarters THW prefer a world in which extremely wealthy people in Western liberal states donate excess money to their governments rather than to charities
ESL_Semis THB the West should prioritize stability over exporting democracy in foreign policy
ESL_Finals TH supports the decline of the nations-state's power in an increasingly globalized world.
Masters_1 Assuming the technology to do so easily and safely exists, THW force everyone in society to undergo periodic sex changes.
Masters_2 THW kill baby Hitler
Open_Partials TH regrets mainstream, commercial films that depict historical subjugation and/or crimes against humanity.
Open_Octos TH would nationalize all systemically important financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies.
Open_Quarters TH supports the establishment of a Black secessionary state within the territory of the United States, the founding of which is supported by the American government.
Open_Semis THBT non-western countries who were once colonized, when fabricating the material culture of national identity (anthems, street names, holidays, flag, etc.) should privilege pre colonial history and notions of indigeneity over themes of anti colonial resistance.
Open_Final THBT the world's poor would be justified in pursuing complete Marxist revolution.

2015 Malaysia WUDC

CA Team: Shafiq Bazari, Jonathan Leader Maynard, Danique Van Koppenhagen, Sebastian Templeton, Engin Arikan, Brett Frazer, Madeline Schultz

Round Motion Infoslide
1 THR the decline of tightly integrated families
2 THBT environmental movements should support climate engineering that fundamentally alters the environment in an attempt to combat global warming
3 THBT in areas of socio-economic deprivation, schools should train students in vocational skills to the exclusion of the liberal arts
4 THW prohibit the media from reporting on the mental illness of those accused of crimes
5 THBT the international community should cut off internet access in Syria
6 THBT developing countries should adopt economic development policies that heavily disincentivise urbanisation
7 THW ban the research and production of moral enhancement drugs
8 THBT the US and EU should seek to promote peace by heavily subsidising Israeli businesses who invest in the Palestinian territories
9 TH, as a medical professional employed by the US military or security sevices, would, and would encourage others, to refuse orders to provide medical treatment to individuals undergoing 'enhanced interrogation techniques'
EFL_Semis THW ban its citizens from visiting illiberal states whose economies depend on tourism
EFL_Final THBT progressive politicians in conservative societies should pander to bigots, racists, hardline conservatives and others with regressive views in attempting to win elections
ESL_Quarters THBT the African-American community should actively oppose 'broken windows policies'
ESL_Semis THW strictly limit the replacement of workers with technology by companies
ESL_Finals THBT liberal democracies that overthrow the governments of other states should impose power-sharing, even when this severely overrides or delays democratic representation
Masters_1 TH regrets the rise of art that celebrates gaining material wealth
Masters_2 THBT judges should deliberately misinterpret constitutions to protect important liberties
Open_Partials THW allow corporations to use hackers to retaliate against cyberattacks where the state seems unwilling or unable to do so
Open_Octos THBT disadvantaged groups should emphasise their conformity with, rather than distinctiveness from, dominant culture, as a strategy for improving their social position
Open_Quarters TH regrets the decline of secular pan-Arab nationalism
Open_Semis THBT all states should create special economic zones in cities, where all economic activities (except the purchase of goods and services) are carried out by women
Open_Final THBT humanitarian organisations should, and should be allowed to, give funding, resources or services to illegal armed groups when this is made a condition for access to vulnerable civilians

2014 Chennai WUDC

CA team: Michael Baer, Harish Natarajan, Ely Zosa, Stephen Whittington, Fiona Prowse, Michael Shapira

Round Motion Infoslide
1 THBT the United States of America should fund moderate Madrassas (schools of Islamic study) throughout the Islamic world
2 THW allow first-time offenders to, with the consent of the victims, pay compensation to them in place of a prison sentence
3 TH regrets the rise of a 'hookup culture' (one which accepts and encourages casual sexual encounters focused on physical pleasure, without necessarily including emotional bonding)
4 THBT developing countries should ban members of political dynasties from standing for elected office
5 THBT the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the interests of the small and medium-sized negotiating countries. A number of countries are currently negotiating to establish the world's largest free trade area by comprehensively liberalising trade in the Asia-Pacific region. This proposed agreement, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), would include the following countries: United States, Japan, Australia, Vietnam, Mexico, Chile, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zeland, Peru and Brunei. China is NOT included in these negotiations.
6 THW make the receipt of welfare payments to raise children conditional on the use of long-term, but reversible, contraception
7 THBT government agencies that regulate drugs should only test whether a drug is safe, not whether it is effective, before approving it for public use. Generally, government agencies, responsible for regulating drugs (for example the Food and Drug Administration, or the European Medicines Agency) rewuire that a new drug pass two different tests before being approved for public use. These seperate tests asses whether a drug is: First, "safe", does the drug pose an unacceptable health risk? Second, "effective", does the drug do what it claims to do?
8 THBT NATO should unconditionally offer membership to the states of the former Soviet Union, excluding Russia
9 TH regrets the commodification of indigenous cultures
EFL_Semis THBT the gay rights movement should abandon the claim that sexuality is not a choice
EFL_Final THBT multinational companies should be liable for human rights abuses that occur anywhere in their supply chain
ESL_Quarters THW remove all copyright protection for material deemed to be morally objectionable
ESL_Semis THBT Pope Francis should publicly encourage Catholics to support radically redistributive government policies
ESL_Final THW allow countries to pay other countries to settle asylum-seekers who reach their borders
Open_Partial_Double_Octos THW abolish gated communities in the developing world
Open_Octos THBT Japan should shame its soldiers who participated in WWII, including those who did not commit war crimes themselves
Open_Quarters THW auction off the long-term right to govern bankrupt cities for profit
Open_Semis THBT women should reject practices that alter the appearance of their genitalia, such as waxing and labiaplasty
Open_Final THBT India should adopt aggressive free market policies.

2013 Berlin WUDC

CA Team: Sharmila Parmanand, Douglas Cochran, Victor Finkel, Isabelle Fischer, James Kilcup, Jens Fischer

Round Motion Infoslide
1 THW create public housing for the poor in wealthy areas
2 THBT Japan should acquire nuclear weapons
3 THW only imprison individuals who pose a direct and continuing threat to society
4 THBT International development institutions (such as the World Bank) should not finance natural resource extraction projects in corrupt states
5 THBT self described progressive males of dominant ethnicities are morally obliged to refrain from taking positions of responsibility where there is a qualified alternative candidate from a historically disadvantaged group who would otherwise receive the post
6 THW legally permit soldiers to refuse to participate in military actions or missions on the basis of conscience
7 THBT European Union nations should forgive Greece’s sovereign debt
8 THBT countries with booming populations should allocate every adult a single tradable permit to have a child
9 THW ban political parties and require all candidates for national public office to seek election as independents
EFL_Quarters THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes
EFL_Semis THBT policies that may have significant environmental consequences should be subject to a veto by a 'supreme court' of scientific experts
EFL_Final TH welcomes the decline of the USA as the sole global super power.
ESL_Quarters THBT publicly funded universities should be required to reduce enrolment in degree programs within their university that have statistically poor employment outcomes (same as EFL_Quarters)
ESL_Semis THBT the feminist movement should actively promote norms of stable monogamous relationships
ESL_Final THBT representative democracies with large numbers of foreigners living in their territory (on a temporary or permanent basis) should create specific seats to represent them in parliament.
Open_Partial_Double_Octos THBT universities should never prohibit research or teaching on the grounds of sexist, racist or otherwise discriminatory implications
Open_Octos THBT the US should cut off military aid to Egypt
Open_Quarters THW ban all advertising of consumer goods and services
Open_Semis TBHT the WTO should never allow nations to place export restrictions on food, rare-earth metals, and other non-oil commodities
Open_Final THW not allow religious communities to expel members on the basis of views or actions that contradict doctrinal teachings

2012 Manila WUDC

CA Team: Sam Block, Lucinda David, Joe Roussos, Tim Mooney, Cormac Early, Masako Suzuki, Art Ward

Round Motion Infoslide
1 THW make fathers take paternity leave.
2 THW prevent politicians from making fact claims that, while not technically lies, are substantially misleading to voters.
3 THW force large companies who leave an area to pay the costs of any resulting structural unemployment.
4 THW require individuals to use all their wealth beyond USD 5 million for philanthropic projects.
5 THW require deaf parents to send their children (whether deaf or hearing) to mainstream schools for their primary and secondary education.
6 TH supports politicians who pass progressive legislation, even where this is contrary to the wishes of the democratic electorate.
7 TH supports the free movement of labour worldwide.
8 THW exempt academic disputes from defamation law.
9 THW ban all private healthcare in favour of a comprehensive public healthcare system.
EFL_Semis THBT when doctors discover a patient has STDs, they should reveal that info to the patient’s partner.
EFL_Final THBT public education systems should raise the aspirations of children from disadvantaged backgrounds beyond that which is realistic to expect them to achieve.
ESL_Quarters THW limit government ministers’ standard of living to that of someone on the current median wage.
ESL_Semis In countries with few female politicians, THB it is good to have a politically active ‘first lady’.
ESL_Final TH supports scientists who fabricate evidence exaggerating the certainty of man-made climate change, where there is a low likelihood to be caught.
Open_Octos THW not allow a single media company to own multiple TV channels or newspapers (whether in print or online).
Open_Quarters THBT “Western” consultants advising dictatorships have a moral duty to sabotage them.
Open_Semis THBT images designed to even slightly sexually attract/aroused viewer should be restricted to specialist adult shot/xxx domain.
Open_Final TH supports nationalism.

2011 Botswana WUDC

CA Team: Logandran Balavijendran, Pearl Mathumo, James Dray, Anat Gelber, Richard Lizius, Tim Jeffrie

Round Motion Infoslide
1 This house believes that national sporting teams should reflect the diversity of the national population
2 This house believes that all states have a right to nuclear weapons
3 This house believes that governments should not provide benefits on the basis of marital status
4 This house believes that central banks should set limits on government spending
5 This wouse would prioritise asylum Seekers who have engaged in armed struggle against oppressive regimes
6 This wouse would allow teachers unions the right to strike
7 This wouse would require individuals to reveal their actual identity when communicating on the internet
8 This house believes that the southern african development community (SADC) should pursue political union
9 This house believes that social movements should use the courts rather than the legislature to advance social change
EFL_Semis This house supports a one state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
EFL_Final This wouse would give more votes to the poor
ESL_Quarters This house believes that domestic courts should try foreign nationals who commit war crimes abroad
ESL_Semis This wouse would prefer that the children of racial minorities be adopted by parents of that race
ESL_Final This house believes that the courts should break up consistently dominant political parties
Masters_1 This wouse would buy local
Masters_Final This house prefers a philosopher King to a tyrannical democracy
Open_Octos This wouse would buy countries votes in international organizations
Open_Quarters This house believes that courts should not enforce wills that discriminate on the basis of race
Open_Semis This house opposes organised religion
Open_Final This wouse would invade Zimbabwe

2010 Vehbi Koc WUDC

CA Team: Can Okar, Josh Bone, Julia Bowes, Suthen Tate Thomas, Will Jones, Handan Orel, Ozan Mert Ondes.

Round Motion Infoslide
1 This house would ban labour unions.
2 This house believes that developing nations should pay for the full tuition of female university students.
3 This house would financially incentivize both inter-faith and inter-ethnic marriages.
4 THW prohibit high-ranking members of the Sri Lankan military and the Tamil Tigers from participation in the election.
5 THW abolish taxes on alcohol and cigarettes that go beyond normal sales taxes.
6 THW prosecute communities for complicity in honour killings.
7 THW grant those diagnosed with terminal illnesses the right to access treatments that have not completed clinical testing.
8 THW partition Sudan.
9 THW ban all pornography.
EFL_Semis This House would use faith based rehabilitation in prison.
EFL_Final This House believes that democratic states should own their own broadcasting corporations.
ESL_Quarters This House would ban any scheme intended to cure homosexuality
ESL_Semis This house would allow prisoners to raise their babies behind bars.
ESL_Final This house would prohibit expression that portrays convicted war criminals in a positive light.
Open_Octos This house believes the West should recognise the Dalai Lama
Open_Quarters This house would ban all procedures to alter one's racial appearance.
Open_Semis THB that the United States government should subsidize Twitter to liberalize oppressed societies
Open_Final THB that the media should show the full horror of war

2009 Cork WUDC

CA Team: Derek Lande, Erin O'Brien, Ivan Ah Sam, Rory Gillis, Daniel Patrick McCarthy

Round Motion Infoslide
1 This house would ban all forms of gambling.
2 This house would fire the senior managements of all corporations which receive government bailouts.
3 This house would allow soldiers to sue their government for negligence.
4 This house would force the religious desegregation of Northern Irish schools.
5 This house believes that China and India should bear the same obligations as the West in fighting climate change
6 This house would criminalise adultery.
7 This house believes that the west should recognise the independence of Abkhazia.
8 This house would apply a lower rate of income tax to women.
9 This house would ban the publication of political opinion polls.
EFL_Final This house would prohibit all private health care.
ESL_Final This house would implement quotas for domestic players in national football leagues.
Open_Octos This house would arm local militia to fight the taliban in Afghanistan.
Open_Quarters This house believes that the international criminal court should prosecute crimes against the democratic process.
Open_Semis This house believes governments should subsidise private home ownership.
Open_Final That this house would allow abortion at all stages of pregnancy

2008 Assumption WUDC

CA Team: Rajesh Krishnan, Ciaran Lawlor, Beth O’Connor, Joanna Nairn

Round Motion Infoslide
1 This House would allow the use of torture.
2 This House believes that Taiwan should declare independence now
3 THW not allow local government to pay for the relocation of homeless people.
4 This House believes that the European Union should only direct aid to nations that pursue environmentally sustainable development.
5 This House believes that every criminal defendant should be required to use a government provided defense lawyer.
6 THW subject foreign political contributions to greater restrictions than domestic contributions.
7 This House would assassinate Vladimir Putin.
8 THB that governments should never rescue failing private industry.
9 This House would deny scarce medical resources to terminally ill patients.
EFL_Final This house would eliminate all non state-run schools
ESL_Octos This House would support the use of mercenaries by the United Nations.
ESL_Quarters This House would force religious adoption agencies to place children with homosexual couples.
ESL_Semis This House would require doctors to report all cases of suspected domestic violence.
ESL_Final This house believes that the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation of church (mosque) and state
Masters_1 This house regrets the passing of Bhutto
Masters_2 This house would stop the search for the gay gene
Masters_3 This house would let them eat whale
Masters_Final This house would put an age limit on debating
Open_Octos THB that governments in the developing world should invest in sex tourism.
Open_Quarters This House would force religious adoption agencies to place children with homosexual couples.
Open_Semis THB that extreme economic need should be grounds for asylum.
Open_Final THB that people who give HIV to others must pay drug support.

2007 UBC WUDC

CA Team: Kevin Massie, Derek Lande, Tim Sonnreich, Alex Deane

Round Motion Infoslide
1 This house would ban government funding of religious schools
2 This house believes that the UK should abolish it’s nuclear arsenal
3 This House supports accelerated land redistribution in South Africa
4 This house would criminalize the payment of ransom
5 This house supports independence for Quebec
6 This house would abolish all taxes on inherited wealth
7 This house would support regime change in Myanmar/Burma
8 This house would ban Cosmetic Surgery
9 This house would grant citizenship in exchange for military service
EFL_Final This house would lift sanctions on Iran
ESL_Semis This house believes all serious crimes should be trialed by Jury
ESL_Final This house believes that politicians have a right to a private life
Masters_1 This house would designate one city to permanently host the Olympics
Masters_2 This house believes that governments should provide heroin addicts with safe injection facilities
Masters_Final This house supports a 35 hour working week
Open_Octos This house believes that developing nation should nationalize their energy resources
Open_Quarters This house believes that people sentenced to life imprisonment should be allowed to choose the death penalty instead
Open_Semis This house would ban websites that glorify eating disorders
Open_Final This house believes that economic growth is the solution to climate change