European Universities Debating Championships

Motions for European Universities Debating Championships
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.