Oxford IV

Motions for Oxford IV

Oxford IV 2017
Round 1:
THW provide means-tested welfare in the form of basic goods and services (including vouchers), rather than cash payments.
Round 2:
THBT twitter has done more harm than good.
Round 3:
TH Prefers Asian Values to Western liberalism.
Round 4:
THBT investors should cease purchasing bonds issued by the Venezuelan government.
Round 5:
THBT minority parents should shelter their children from the existence of racism for as long as possible.
ESL Semi:
THBT that the EU should suspend the voting rights of Poland.
ESL Final:
THW ban the creation of all artificial conscious beings.
Novice Final:
THW require all sold products to clearly display their price in Dead Children Currency.
Open Quarter:
THR the creation and adoption of cryptocurrencies.
Open Semi:
THBT Mohammed bin Salman’s policies are in the interests of the ruling House of Saud.
Open Final:
Assuming it could be done peacefully, THW replace all existing governments with a single global democratic government.

Oxford IV 2016
Round 1:
When police are put on trial for alleged instances of a violent wrongdoing, THW decrease the burden of proof to the balance of probabilities.
Round 2:
THW allow negative voting.
Round 3:
THBT armies should indoctrinate soldiers to take their own lives in the event that they fall captive to the enemy.
Round 4:
THBT the state should promote the norm of the ‘single life’.
Round 5:
THBT NATO should expel members that do not meet the organisation’s defence spending targets.
ESL Semi:
THBT it is always morally wrong to buy sex.
ESL Final:
THW prosecute leaders that have lied to their nation over the justification for going to war.
Novice Final:
THBT the state should facilitate the creation of a new identity (complete with relocation and new government documents) for any citizen that requests it.
Open Quarter:
In 2008, instead of bailing out systematically important financial institutions, THW have bailed out homeowners directly.
Open Semi:
TH opposes the attempts to form a new Fatah-Hamas unity government.
Open Final:
THBT the Left should not celebrate the ideal of individuals climbing up the class ladder.

Oxford IV 2015
Round 1:
THW ban religious primary and secondary schools.
Round 2:
THBT US immigration policy should only prioritise merit-based standards of acceptance over the reunification of families.
Round 3:
THW end penalty enhancements for hate crimes.
Round 4:
THBT Western Liberal Democracies should boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Round 5:
THW allow opponents of abortion to sign legally-binding contracts with pregnant women, in which they pay those pregnant women not to have an abortion.
ESL Semi:
THW accept ‘I was only following orders’ as a defence in war crimes trials.
ESL Final:
THR the institutions of marriage and civil partnership.
Novice Final:
THW create and enforce filial responsibility laws (mandating that people take care of their parents) – or words to that effect
Open Quarter:
THR the rise of mega-cities.
Open Semi:
THBT after 50 years of ownership the state should have the right to repossess all works of painting or sculpture for the purpose of public display.
Open Final:
A new planet has been discovered identical to Earth. 1 of 2 systems can be implemented on this planet (or words to that effect). THW implement communism over capitalism.

Oxford IV 2014

Round 1: This house believes that in order for a law to be enacted, it should have to be passed by the legislature and then by a body chosen at random from eligible voters.
Round 2: This house believes that press agencies should not purchase or publish the work of freelance war reporters.
Round 3: This house believes the EU should suspend Hungary’s membership rights.
Round 4: This house, as the gay community, regrets the existence of Grindr
Round 5: This house would deny public funding to parties with explicitly ethnic-based membership or platforms
FINAL: THBT a world in which people were content and did not desire social mobility is preferable to one where people desired social mobility

Oxford IV 2013

Round 1: THW provide mobile teachers for the compulsory education of the children of travelling communities (e.g. Roma and Irish Traveller)
Round 2: THBT developed economies should collectively agree to impose radically redistributive tax codes
Round 3: THW ban the gender testing of athletes in sports
Round 4: THW require major polluters to open their borders to environmental refugees
Round 5: THBT national war memorials should commemorate the casualties on all sides of the conflict

Novice Final: THBT when courts sentence offenders, they should give considerable weigh to the views of the victims
ESL Semi: THBT political parties should adopt non-hierarchical organisational structures
ESL Final: THBT liberal democracies should cut all economic and military ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Open Quarter: THW, as a liberal democracy, restrict coverage of small-scale terrorist attacks
Open Semi: THBT identity-based social movements should not include in their movements allies who are not part of the identity group in question
Open Final: THBT the United States should dissolve its offensive military capabilities
Oxford IV 2012

R1: THBT Google, YouTube & Social Media websites should remove content which it deems to insult religions
R2: THBT South Africa’s ANC should nationalize all mines
R3: THBT ‘Western’ Governments should buy the freedom of slaves
R4: THBT the Greek military should suspend democratic government until economic recovery
R5: THBT companies should not take public stances on gay rights issues
EFL SF: THBT Governments should actively discourage consumerist lifestyles
EFL GF: THW give extra votes to youths over the age of 18
Open QF: THBT EMILY’s list should fund pro-choice male candidates
Open SF: THBT States should forcibly reverse the transmigration policies of their former dictators
Open GF: THB in the right to bear arms.

Oxford IV 2011

R1: This House Believes That 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)
R2: This House Believes That in developing countries aid organisations should be banned from religious proselytizing.
R3: This House Believes That trade unions and labour protection laws should be suspended during times of economic crisis.
R4: This House Believes That Israel Should Materially Support Arab Pro-Democratic Movements.
R5: This House Believes That a tax should be placed on successful artists in order to fund new and developing artists (Note: Artists defined by the CA team to be the arts and entertainment industry).
Open QF: This house believes that International Law should allow states which accept refugees to sue the states they come from for compensation.
ESL SF: This House Believes That The LGBT Movement Should Not Support Pride Marches.
Open SF: This House Would Establish Brothels on Military Bases.
ESL GF: This House Believes That the CEOs of the largest corporations should be chosen by national democratic elections.
Open GF: This house would establish geographical zones where the selling and consuming of any and all drugs are legal.
Oxford IV 2010

R1: THBT Adoption Agencies that receive state funding should give priority to same sex couples and infertile couples.
R2: THW ban the use of armed combat drones.
R3: THW tax those who use expensive lawyers in order to fund state prosecutors and legal aid.
R4: THW require large online social networks to be controlled democratically by their users.
R5: THW hold the state liable for injuries or deaths due to being homeless.
QF: THBT the UN should offer large bounties for the capture of pirates and the destruction of pirate ships.
SF: THBT a free market economy does not make the workers free.
GF: THS the use of a draft by lottery when engaged in extended military interventions.
GF(ESL): THW allow poor countries to erect trade barriers against rich countries under the WTO.

Oxford IV 2009
R1: THW allow deaf couples to use medical technology to ensure they have deaf offsprings.
R2: THW welcome a European superstate.
R3: THW redirect all state art funding for reproduction of classic works of art into new works of art.
R4: THW give the UN Secretary General the power to unilaterally send peacekeepers into regions that are beyond the effective control of their governments.
R5: THW abolish patents and replace them with government funded awards in recognition of R&D.
R6: THBT universities should not license societies that define themselves by gender, race nationalhood or sexuality.
QF: THBT juidiciaries in nascent democracies should have the power to actively exercise judicial review on the basis of substantive judgments about social rights.
SF(ESL): THW actively teach schoolchildren that people ought to be faithful to their partners.
SF: THW fund religious organisations to convert people in areas of social deprivation.
GF(ESL): THW always offer governments ousted by military coups support in exchange for allowing us to arrange and oversee free and fair elections after their reinstatement.
GF: THBT terrorism is a legitimate mode of resistance for rebel groups with just causes.
Oxford IV 2008

R1: THW not prosecute battered wives who kill their husbands.
R2: THW negogiate with Al-Qaeda.
R3: THW nationalise all banks.
R4: THW make politicans serve in the armed forces, healthcare, education, or emergency services before taking office.
R5: THW allocate all university places by lottery.
QF: THW allow individuals to sell their right to sue.
SF: THW give African countries money to stop accepting aid from China.
GF: THW make voting power inversely proportional to wealth.
Oxford IV 2007
R1: THW criminalise gang membership.
R2: THW allow nations without states a seat at the UN.
R3: THW permit religious courts to rule on family law in the UK.
R4: THBT every citizen deserves a universal basic income beyond their basic needs; regardless of whether they have ever worked, are looking for work or will ever work.
R5: THW channel all development aid for Africa through the African Union.
QF: parenting licences.
SF: THBT the US should match its military aid to Israel with an equal amount of humanitarian aid to Fatah.
GF: THBT the state should pay a wage to house-wives and house-husbands.
Oxford IV 2006
R1: THW grant anonymity to sex offenders.
R2: THW allow the UN to hire mercenaries.
R3: THW support all forms of child labour.
R4: THW make Malta’s continued membership of the EU conditional to legalising divorce.
R5: THBT the US should sell a missile defence shield to Taiwan.
Oxford IV 2005
R1: THW lift the international ban on whaling.
R2: THW mandate the use of condoms in pornography.
R3: THW introduce a salary cap for European footballers.
R4: THBT Russia should compulsorily renationalise its oil and gas industries.
R5: THBT people who refuse to accept jobs which require them to remove religious dress should not receive unemployment benefit.
ESL SF: THW make English the single working language of the EU.
ESL GF: THBT the outing of public figures is a legitimate tactic of the gay rights movement.
QF: THBT fault should be a factor in the awarding of court ordered divorce settlements.
SF: THBT western nations should buy opium from Afghan farmers for morphine production.
GF: THBT doctors should inform parents before carrying out abortions on under 16s.
Oxford IV 2004

R1: THW protect from prosecution armed police in the line of fire.
R2: THBT the developing world should not be held at the same environmental standards as the developed world.
R3: THW abolish state pensions.
R4: TH supports the use of truth and reconciliation commissions instead of war crimes tribunals in Iraq.
R5: THBT the systematic harassment of individuals is a legitimate means of protest.
Novice GF: THW criminalise smoking when pregnant.
QF: THW give the Palestinian Authority a vote in the UN General Assembly.
SF: THW privatise the BBC.
GF: THW ban reporting of hostage taking in Iraq.
Oxford IV 2001
R1: THB in the right to euthanasia.
R2: TH prefers the moral foreign policy to the principle of neutrality.
R3: THW keep religious and secular education separate.
R4: THBT upholding the rights of refugees constitutes an unrealistic burden on the state.
R5: THW renationalise its public services.
SF: THW temper the right to privacy.
GF: TH supports the right of self-determination for indigenous peoples.