2016-06-06

European Universities Debating Championships

Motions for European Universities Debating Championships
EUDC 2017 Tallin
R1:
This house believes that the US should ban extremist groups (e.g. the KKK and neo-nazi groups).
R2:
This house believes that the WTO should allow developing countries to impose policies aimes at protecting domestic industries, even at the expense of harming international trade.
R3:
This house regrets the rise of the ‚Sharing Culture’ (a culture which encourages the frequent posting of both mundane and intimate details of one’s life on social media platforms, and the commenting on and reacting to others posts of this nature).
R4:
This house believes that states should significantly fund female-only tech companies.
R5:
This house, as Israel, supports the Jewish People’s Intelligence Service Doctrin.
Info text: The Jewish People’s Intelligence Service Doctrin is a proposal which states that the Israeli Intelligence service should have a significant responsibility not only to Israeli’s citizens’ security, but also to the security to the Jewish communities abroad. If this doctrin were adopted, Israel would use significant resources and launch potentially violent operations in order to keep Jewish people safe internationally.
R6:
This house supports universities treating students like customers (e.g. by allocating significant ressources to improving students’ lifestyles, and granting students influence over university decisions and the content and delivery of the course curricula).
R7:
This house believes that Western medical institutions should neither cooperate with, nor use the data produced by, non-Western medical institutions that do not meet Western standards on human clinical trials.
Info text: Non-Western medical institutions are becoming increasingly competitive within the field of human clinical trials and now constitute a major share of the world’s scientific output. These trials operate under local medical standards that are less stringent than Western ones.
R8:
This house believes that LGBT groups should actively seek to include Side B christians.
Info text: Side B christians are christians who identify as experiencing same sex attraction but nevertheless believe that homosexual sex is sinful, and therefor attempt to remain celibate.
R9:
This house supports the creation and use of Lethal Autonomous Robots.
Info text: Lethal Autonomous Robots are fully autonomous military weapons that can select and engage targets without human intervention.
Open PDQF:
his house believes that the US should reverse the ‘Pivot to Asia’ strategy.
ESL QF:
This house believes that having children is immoral.
Open QF:
This house, as women’s rights groups in India, would adopt violent female goddesses as prominent symbols.
Info text: In Hinduism, there exist prominent goddesses that represent liberation through force, violence, aggression and power. An example is Kali, who is often portrayed wearing a garland of skulls of the men she has killed around her neck and standing on her lover, the Hindu God Shiva, who lies calm and submissive beneath her.
ESL SF:
This house would allow local governments to issue immigration permits that grant access to Defined Permit Services in the local area only.
Info text: Defined Permit Services include access to the purchasing or renting of property, employment, and government services such as education, healthcare and welfare.
Open SF:
This house regrets the mass deregulation of the financial sector.
Info text: Since the 1980s, the financial sector has grown rapidly in many developed economies, with mass deregulation serving as a major driver. As the sector has grown, the number of people employed in the industry, and the variety and complexity of financial products have increased.
ESL final:
This house believes that Western European states at high risk for terror attacks should implement ‘state of emergency’ laws.
Info text: ‘State of emergency’ laws temporarily grant more powers to the executive and law enforcement agencies. Examples include warrant-less property searches and house arrests, and using electronic tagging for the purposes of surveillance
Open final:
This house as the Kremlin would commemorate the 1917 Russian Revolution as a tradegy rather than a triumph for the nation.
Info text: The 1917 Revolutions overthrew the Tsarist regime and were a precursor to the creation of the Soviet Union. In Russia, perception of the revolutions varies and the Kremlin does not have an official position.

 

EUDC 2016 Warsaw
R1:
TH regrets the rise of social media as a primary source of news distribution
R2:
TH supports Barack Obama’s statements that emphasise African- Americans taking individual responsibility for improving their own position in life
R3:
THW create state-run centres where individuals can purchase and consume psychedelic* drugs *drugs whose primary effect is to alter cognition and perception e.g. LSD and Magic Mushrooms
R4:
TH supports strong government intervention to prevent gentrification process when significant numbers of wealthier people move to a poor area
R5:
THBT the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra should regularly play the works of Richard Wagner
Info Slide:
Richard Wagner was a 19th century anti-semitic German composer. His music was favoured by the Nazis and played at the Nuremburg rallies, and reportedly at Nazi death camps. When Wagner’s music was played in Israel, it lead to protests and it remains controversial.
R6:
TH regrets the mass commercialisation of football
R7:
TH supports Sanctuary Cities in the United States
Info Slide:
A ‘sanctuary city’, for example San Francisco, does not allow police or city employees (e.g. educators, social, and healthcare workers), to inquite about an individual’s immigration status. These cities do not co-operate with the federal government’s controls on illegal immigrants.
R8:
THBT Latin American states should provide extensive material support for a military coup against the Venezualan government
R9:
THBT the European Union should fund satirical publications in its member states that target far-right political parties the use of humour and exaggeration to criticize
ESL QF:
THBT Western States should fund the spread of atheism in Iraq through provision of education, health care and welfare
ESL SF:
TH regrets the safe space movement’s attempts to significantly limit speech on university campuses
Info Slide:
The growing safe space movement has used both social pressure and direct action to achieve its aims. These include, but are not limited to banning certain speakers, and limiting exposure to controversial, and potentially triggering topics.
ESL GF:
THBT western nations should support breakaway states in former Soviet Union (e.g. East Ukraine or South Ossetia) after free and fair referendum.
Open Partial OF:
TH supports BRICS countries creating alternatives to the current international economic institutions (i.e. the IMF, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organisation) Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa
Open QF:
THW require the economic policies of political parties to be approved by an independent panel of experts before being used in campaigns
Open SF:
TH supports Iran’s extension of the Sharia principle of “an eye for an eye” to the victims of acid attacks
Info Slide:
Recently there has been a high number of acid attacks against women, either due to personal feuds or for their non-conformity to Islamic values. / Iranian courts that are governed by Sharia law ruled that victims have the right to choose to blind their attacker by putting acid in their eye(s).
Open GF:
THW nationalize and provide public access to the Metadata being gathered by online multinational companies.

EUDC 2015 Vienna
R1:
This House would pay all elected politicians the median wage in their country.
R2:
This House believes that when multi-national corporations conduct any business in Western states, these nations should enforce their environmental standards at all stages of production.
R3:
This House believes that Western states should not use private military contractors in combat.
R4:
This House would ban any treatment, service or ritual from claiming a physical healing effect until it is tested and proven more effective than a placebo by a national regulator.
R5:
This House believes that the European Union should lift its arms embargo on China.
R6:
This House would only allow the media and campagning organisations to depict or publish information about the deceased in a tragedy with the explicit permission of the family.
R7:
TH believes that the West should stop all attempts to gather information or intelligence by deception and/or coercion of foreign citizens
R8:
TH believes that it is legitimate for individuals to punish people they deem to have committed online harassment by revealing their identity online.
R9:
THW introduce a 100% inheritance tax
ESL QF:
TH would legalise surrogacy for profit in Western Liberal Democracies
ESL SF:
TH would introduce a mandatory term of at least 1 year of non-military national service for 18year olds
ESL Final:
TH believes that parents of a musical child genius have a moral obligation to push that child to maximise their musical potential.
Open QF:
TH would prohibit businesses from taking a public position on social issues
Open SF:
TH would require all defendants in criminal cases to be represented only by state-employed lawyers.
Open GF:
TH would treat the deaths of soldiers as regrettable losses of lives rather than examples of heroism.

EUDC 2014
R1:
This house would pay additional benefits to families on welfare according to their child’s performance in school.
R2:
This house supports two-party political systems over multi-party political systems.
R3:
This house would ban international aid charities from using senational, graphic, or overly-emotional images of suffering in fundraising and advertising campaigns.
R4:
This house believes that EU member states should nationalise all their oil and gas resources in order to surrender total ownership and control of them to an EU-run energy agency.
R5:
This house believes that states of the former Yugoslavia should not commemorate the events of the Yugoslav Wars. For the purposes of this debate, ’Commemoration’ refers to state-supported national celebration or mourning of historical events or people.
R6:
This house would introduce blind voting. Blind voting means voters indicate a series of preferences for policies rather than directly selecting a party. These preferences are then matched to the policies of political parties⁏ the voter is taken to have voted for the party that most closely matches their preferences.
R7:
This house would require of police departments that the ethnic composition of their arrests match the ethnic composition of the population in their jurisdiction.
R8:
This house believes that micro-finance organisations (including, but not limited to: NGOs, charities and development banks) should offer micro-finance loans in developing nations exclusively to women. Micro-Finance’ refers to small, long-term loans with no or extremely low interest rates, provided to individuals who seek to start a business.
R9:
This house believes that states should hold binding national referendums on major peace agreements.
ESL Quarter Final:
This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.
ESL Semi Final:
This house would require companies to place images of animal suffering on all products or food whose production harmed or killed animals.
ESL Grand Final:
This house believes that leaders of minority religions in Europe should strongly encourage their congregations to refrain from public displays of their faith.
Open Quarter Final:
This house believes that supreme/constitutional courts should not have the power to strike down legislation.
Open Semi Final:
This house believes that the United States of America should invade, and forcibly partition Iraq.
Open Final:
This House believes that feminist movement should oppose military interventions which claim to further women’s rights

EUDC 2013
R1:
THW ban video games in which the player engages in brutal and inmoral violence in a realistic setting.
R2:
THW require international development aid budgets to be approved by popular referenda
R3:
TH as the Muslim Brotherhood would sincerely offer to cease resistance, participate in elections and respect a liberal constitution
R4:
THW allow goverment agencies to conduct automated surveillance without court authorisation
R5:
THB that Israel should allow members of the Jewish Diaspora to vote in its election
R6:
TH applauds the rise of songs by female pop artists that glorify assertive female sexuality.
R7:
THBT it is in China’s strat. int. to cease all non-humanitarian assistance to North Korea until it ends its nuclear programme.
R8:
THB that Barack Obama should not have granted legal immunity to officials who ordered the use of torture.
R9:
THW provide welfare in the form of basic goods and services rather than cash payments. #eudc

ESL QF:
THBT men should consistently call out and correct chauvinistic claims by colleagues and co-workers.
ESLSF:
THB that environmentalists should launch a campaign of sabotage and property destruction aimed at major polluting companies.
ESL GF:
THB the state should not fund any work of art or perfomance that the average cititzens would not recognise as having artistic merit #educ

QF:
THBT African countries should adopt English as the principal language of instruction in schools.
SF:
TH Regrets that Western Media has Demonised Islamic Terrorists Rather than Portraying Them as Criminals with Legitimate Political Grievances.
GF:
THW give more votes to citizens according to their performance on a current affairs test.

EUDC 2012

R1:
THB parents should choose not to send their children to private school.
R2:
THBT First Nations’ Peoples (e.g. Native Americans) who live in geographically separate areas should be given complete autonomous govt.
R3:
THBT the music industry should not facilitate the comebacks of artists who committed violent crimes.
R4:
THBT the Mexican government should remove all limits on law enforcement and the military in the fight against organised crime.
R5:
THBT the ECB should unconditionally buy significant amounts of government debt from struggling Eurozone countries
R6:
THW limit the amount that can be spent by corporations in any one course of litigation
R7:
THW require the military to recruit solders in direct proportion to the socioeconomic make up of their country.
R8:
THBT the Palestinians should accept complete demilitarisation in returned for a guaranteed sovereign state.
R9:
THW allow anyone to take up residence in any country, provided that they will not be an economic burden on that country.
ESL Quarters:
THS life sentence without parole for serial re-offenders
ESL Semis:
TH believes that militaries in newly democratised arab states should act as guardians of secularism
ESL Final:
THW retrospectively remove all amnesty granted to those who committed crimes as part of oppressive regimes.
Main QF:
THBT Republika Srpska should secede from BIH.
Main Semis:
THB schools should aggressively stream students according to their ability from a young age.
Main Final:
THW amend the US constitution to prohibit any involvement by religious organizations in the electoral process
EUDC 2011

Round 1: ]
This house would bring back death penalty.
Round 2:
This house would prohibit the media from using software to cosmetically improve an individual’s appearance.
Round 3:
This house believes that Germany should ban the publication of Mein Kampf indefinitely
Round 4:
This house believes that Barack Obama should have vetoed any debt deal that did not increase taxation.
Round 5:
This house would allow the creation of donor siblings.
Round 6:
This house believes that hacking is an acceptable form of protest against large corporations.
Round 7:
This house believes that early childhood education in schools should undermine traditional gender roles.
Round 8:
This house believes that America and the EU should cease all financial, political and military support to both Israel and the Palestinian Authority until they reach a peace agreement.
Round 9:
This house would legally require priests to report all serious crimes that they hear of in confessions.
Quarters:
This house would never fight for King and Country.
ESL Quarters:
This house would ban all EU arms companies from selling arms outside the EU
ESL Semifinals:
This house would require persons who work in the media to wait four years before running for public office or working for the government
Semifinals:
This house believes that the West should promise preferential economic and political cooperation to Arab democracies who adopt secular constitutions.
ESL Finals:
This house believes God Exists. Finals: this house believes that the state should pay reparations to women

EUDC Amsterdam 2010
R1:
THW remove all non-economic conditions of EU membership, such as geographical location or political requirements.
R2:
THBT schools should prioritize the authority of the teachers over the happiness of the pupils.
R3:
THW offer increased development aid to the developing countries that accept and encourage large influxes of immigrants.
R4:
THBT social disgust is legitimate grounds for restriction of artistic expression.
R5:
THW pardon Bradley Manning.
R6:
THW allow women, and only women, to bear arms.
R7:
THW propose a power sharing deal with the Taliban in exchange for their disarmament.
R8:
THBT developing nations should distribute, as a dividend, to citizens, all funds derived from natural resource extraction.
ESL QF:
THW extend the full protections of international law to guerilla fighters, insurgents and terrorists.
ESL SF:
THW grant higher primates rights equivalent to those of human children.
ESL GF:
THBT even in response to the most serious crimes a just penal system should have no consideration for society’s desire for retribution.
QF:
THW prohibit gay pride parades in countries or areas where there is a risk of violent backlash against those involved.
SF:
THBT the state should determine the wages to be payed (in both private and public sectors) for jobs deemed of moral value or societal importance.
GF:
THBT after a humanitarian intervention has halted human rights abuses the occupation forces should leave if the population clearly establishes this as their wish.

EUDC Newcastle 2009
R1:
THW allow the police to use entrapment.
R2:
THW use the education system to instill moral norms in children beyond mere obedience to the law.
R3:
THW grant citizenship to illegal immigrants who report on work-place exploitation.
R4:
THBT the gay rights movement should oppose gay marriage.
R5:
THBT western liberal countries have a moral duty to spread democracy across the world using force where necessary.
R6:
THBT custody hearings should not take a child’s biological parentage into account.
R7:
THW allow doctors to actively lie to their patients in order to create or augment a placebo effect.
ESL QF:
THW allow the police to physically discipline children below the age of criminal responsibility.
QF:
THW allow political parties to designate certain pre-election claims as binding promises, the breaking of which would trigger immediate fresh elections.
ESL SF:
THBT countries where assisted suicide is illegal should prosecute those who assist others that travel abroad to receive euthanasia.
SF: ]
THBT desecration of religious sites is a legitimate tactic of warfare.
ESL GF:
THW remove all legal barriers to the genetic enhancement of humans.
GF:
THW abolish all limits on immigration.

EUDC Tallinn 2008
R1:
THW require people to work in return for welfare payments.
R2:
THBT sporting bodies should penalise teams when their players commit criminal acts off the field.
R3:
THW use military force where necessary to deliver emergency aid.
R4:
THW make fines relative to wealth.
R5:
THW ban the physical punishment of children by parents.
R6:
THB developed countries should not accept skilled migrants from developing countries.
R7:
THW pay morbidly obese people to lose weight.
ESL QF:
THW require all schools to teach safe sex to children from age 10 regardless of parental consent.
QF:
THW ban the broadcast of recordings produced by terrorists.
ESL SF:
THB the European Union should declare that energy security is a legitimate reason for military action.
SF:
THW abolish income tax.
ESL GF:
THW allow soldiers to opt out of individual conflict for personal reasons.
GF:
THW ban Nazi and Soviet symbols.

EUDC Koç 2007
R1:
THW take lifestyle choices into account in the allocation of scarce medical resources.
R2: ]
THB the state should prohibit all items of clothing which cover the face.
R3:
THBT democracy is a necessary condition for economic growth and stability. (ANALYSIS)
R4:
THBT Turkey should invade Northern Iraq to fight Kurdish terrorist organisations.
R5:
THW require prescription for the ‘morning-after-pill’.
R6:
THW introduce a time limit on bringing prosecutions for genocide.
R7:
THW prosecute parents who take their children to another legal jurisdiction in order to carry out an act which is illegal in their home country.
ESL QF:
THW distribute development aid through religious organizations rather than the state.
QF:
THW forcibly settle the Roma.
ESL SF:
THBT the state should not fund any fertility treatments.
SF:
THW grant the state the exclusive right to make decisions on behalf of the mentally ill.
ESL GF:
THW withdraw the right to veto the accession of new members to EU.
GF:
THBT the state should publish deliberate mistruths during times of war.

EUDC Berlin 2006
R1:
THW abolish the international criminal court.
R2:
THBT gender reassignment surgery should be included in state funded medical care.
R3:
THBT governments should block the foreign takeover of important companies.
R4:
THW ban the use of evidence acquired from countries which practice torture.
R5:
THW ban all religious involvement in schools.
R6:
THW remove the right to refuse medically necessary treatments.
ESL SF:
THW allow insurance companies to consider the results of genetic tests in asessing potential customers.
ESL GF:
THW destroy the artifacts of fallen oppressive regimes.
QF:
THW take cult members into psychiatric care.
SF:
THW grant an automatic right of asylum to women trafficked for prostitution.
GF:
THW allow companies to refuse to hire smokers.

EUDC Cork 2005
R1:
THW make the post-mortem donation of organs compulsory without exception.
R2:
THW support the right of Chechnya to secede.
R3:
THBT popular referenda should not be used to ratify the EU constitution.
R4:
THW prosecute the perpetrators of domestic violence without the consent of the victim.
R5:
THW grant immunity from prosecution to dictators who step down.
R6:
THBT the state should assist healthy people commit suicide.
QF:
THW condemn companies that seek to avoid first world regulations on human drug testing by conducting their trials in the developing world.
ESL SF:
THW remove the Arms Embargo on China.
SF:
THW withdraw from the Ottawa convention banning the sale of land mines.
ESL GF:
THW make failure to render reasonable assistance to a person in distress a criminal offence.
GF:
THW allow the use of racial profiling by police forces.

EUDC Durham 2004
R1:
THBT any EU Constitution should contain reference to Europe’s Christian heritage.
R2:
THW ban the production for road use of cars capable of driving over 160kph/100mph.
R3:
THBT post-war reconstruction contracts should be restricted to companies from countries which supported the war.
R4:
THW legalise consensual cannibalism.
R5:
THW not allow embedded journalists attached to military units in warzones.
R6:
THBT governments should insist that the software they use is open-source.
R7:
THBT the military targeting of any place of worship is a crime against humanity.
QF:
TH supports compulsory HIV testing for immigrants.
ESL SF:
THBT junk food companies should not be allowed to sponsor sporting events.
SF:
THBT a foetus harmed in a criminal attack on its mother should be considered a victim of crime in its own right.
ESL GF:
THW ban international adoption.
GF:
THBT elected politicians should not be allowed to own media companies.

EUDC Zagreb 2003
R1:
THBT the USA is right to tie its foreign aid to the support in war against terrorism.
R2:
THBT the cost of space exploration is not worth it.
R3:
THBT the EU should start immediate accession talks with Turkey.
R4:
THBT the state should tax the graduates to cover the costs of their education.
R5:
TH supports compulsory drug testing in the workplace.
R6:
THBT parents have the right to choose the sex of their children.
QF:
THW reform the UN Security Council.
ESL SF:
THW close its doors to the immigrants.
SF:
THBT the minority religious practices should be exempt from the national laws.
ESL GF:
THW make smokers pay for their own medical expenses.
GF:
THW hold parents legally responsible for the criminal actions of their children.

EUDC Haifa 2002
R1:
THBT referenda are the way forward for European democracy.
R2:
THBT Women should have equal rights and equal obligations in the Army.
R3:
THW Deny liver transplants to alcoholics.
R4:
THW Clone Britney Spears.
R5:
THBT The European Union should ban bullfighting.
R6:
THBT religious education is brainwashing kids.
QF:
THW prefer castration to incarceration for sexual offenders.
ESL SF:
THW guarantee the amnesty of retired dictators.
SF:
THW hold the accountants accountable.
ESL GF:
THW give Europe its own constitution.
GF:
THW ban the advertisement of gambling.

EUDC Portorož 2001
R1:
THW make organ donation compulsory.
R2:
THBT sporting events are for the people not media moghuls.
R3:
THW put a brake on Albania.
R4:
THW end farming subsidies in the European Union.
R5:
THBT asylum seekers should seek refuge in the first safe country that they reach.
R6:
THBT Rome should look beyond its own walls for a new Pope.
ESL SF:
TH fears for the little countries in Europe.
ESL GF:
THBT capitalism is in crisis.
QF:
THBT NATO has had its day.
SF:
THW put Slobodan Milosevic on trial in the Hague.
GF:
THW clone human beings.

EUDC Aberdeen 2000

GF: THBT the problems of Africa are of European origin.

EUDC Rotterdam 1999
R1:
THW put environment before economics.
R2:
TH favours unity.
R3:
THB in cheap labour.
R4:
THBT size does matter.
R5:
THBT the end is near.
R6:
THB in positive discrimination.
R7:
THW go Dutch.
QF:
THBT diplomacy is the only solution.
SF:
THW subsidise the farmers.
GF:
THB in Zero Tolerance.