Motions for World Schools Debating Championships
28th World Schools Debating Championships 2016, Germany
R1: THBT, after meeting their basic needs, individuals have a moral responsibility to donate their wealth towards poverty alleviation.
R2: THBT major film and television awards shows should abolish awards categories separated by gender.
R3: THW require democratic states to hold a national referendum to ratify free trade agreements.
R4: THW televise criminal trials.
R 5: THBT technology companies with significant market shares should not be eligible for patent protection.
R6: THBT it should be a criminal offence to make comments which could promote hatred against people of particular races, religions, disabilities, sexualities or gender identities.
R7: THBT Obama’s administration has done more harm than good.
R8: THW require individuals to pass a political general knowledge test in order to vote.
PDO: THW abolish religious primary and secondary schools.
OF: THBT large tech companies should refuse to provide data on their customers to governments, even if it involves refusing to comply with a law which compels them to do so.
QF: THBT governments should ban their citizens from joining overseas groups fighting against terrorism which are not official military forces.
SF: THBT versions of history taught by states through the education system should not be designed to promote national pride.
GF: THBT states should be allowed to pay other states to relocate and settle refugees.
26th World Schools Debating Championships 2014, Thailand
Round 0: THW Ban Children From Becoming Professional Models
Round 1: This house believes that post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
Round 3: This house would allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
Round 4 (impromptu): This house would require companies to pay their interns.
Round 5: This house believes that slum tourism does more harm than good.
Round 6 (impromptu): THW not allow unvaccinated children to attend public schools.
Round 7: This house would lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.
Octo finals: This House Would not Prosecute Defamation.
Quarter finals: This House Believes That labor unions are becoming obsolete.
Semi finals: THBT drone strikes are a legitimate tool of foreign policy
Grand Final: THBT Asean political union is an impossible dream.
27th World Schools Debating Championships 2015, Singapore
Round 1: THW ban the use of zero-hour contracts.
Round 2: THW require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders.
Round 3: TH supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education.
Round 4: THW not consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts.
Round 5: THBT cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves.
Round 6. THW ban political opinion polls.
Round 7: TH supports a right to die.
Round 8: THW forgive Greece’s debt.
Octa finals: THW require members of the clergy to report all crimes to authorities including those made in confession.
Quarter finals: THBT affirmative action policies are counterproductive in reducing inequalities.
SEMI FINAL 1: THBT the military struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations.
SEMI FINAL 2: TH regrets the media focus on the personal lives of politicians.
Grand final: THBT governments should provide a guaranteed universal basic income.
26th World Schools Debating Championships 2014, Thailand
Round 0: THW Ban Children From Becoming Professional Models.
Round 1: THBT post-revolution states should delegate trials of former rulers and high-ranking officials to the International Criminal Court.
Round 3: THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences.
Round 4 (impromptu): THW require companies to pay their interns.
Round 5: THBT slum tourism does more harm than good.
Round 6 (impromptu): THW not allow unvaccinated children to attend public schools.
Round 7: THW lift tax exemptions from religious institutions that refuse to recognize marriage equality.
Octo finals: THW not Prosecute Defamation.
Grand Finals: THBT Asean political union is an impossible dream.
25th World Schools Debating Championships 2013, Turkey
R1: THBT important decisions about children’s health should be made by medical professionals and not by their parents.
R2: THBT the media should be prevented by law from intruding the lives of public figures.
R3: THS greater US military presence in East Asia.
R4: THW allow prisoners to choose death over life sentence.
R5: THW cease the exploitation of resources in the Arctic Region.
R6: THW require government schools to teach religious studies.
R7: THS sovereign debt default as a legitimate economic strategy for countries.
R8: THW require university students to work in their country of origin for a number of years after graduation.
OF: THW cut welfare support on compulsive gamblers.
QF: THBT social movements in democratic countries should drive social change through the courts rather than the legislature.
SF: THBT the government should pay house wives and house husbands for their work.
GF: THBT Turkey is better off outside the EU.
24th World Schools Debating Championships 2012, South Africa
R1: THW ban alcohol
R2: THBT newly democratised Arab nations should not allow religious parties to participate in elections
R3: THW allow single parents in prison to raise their children behind bars
R4: THBT developing nations should place limits on internal rural-urban migration
R5: THBT the police should use racial profiling when fighting crime. (Racial profiling:“the singling out of an individual from a group on the basis of race”)
R6: THBT the feminist movement should seek a ban on pornography
R7: THS Child Labour in the Developing World
R8: THBT states should enshrine legally actionable socio-economic rights
OF: THBT the govt should create special schools that teach in endangered indigenous languages
QF: THBT Gay rights organizations should out gay public figures
SF: THS 100% tax on all inherited wealth
GF: TH regrets South Africa’s decision to use the Truth and Reconciliation Commission rather than prosecuting perpetrators of crimes committed under Apartheid
Reserve: THBT government run broadcasting stations should give airtime to racist political parties
23rd World Schools Debating Championships 2011, Dundee
R1: THW offer dictators immunity in return for leaving power
R2: THW allow free distribution of music on the internet
R3: THBT universal primary education is a misallocation of resources for the developing world
R4: THW make voting in national elections mandatory
R5: THW legalize the sale of human organs
R6: THW stop sending humans into space
R7: THBT women can only achieve equality under a secular system of government
R8: THW penalize sporting teams for the behavior of their fans
OF: THW abandon nuclear energy
QF: TH supports free immigration
SF: THBT every region should have the right to independent statehood if majority of it’s members wish
GF: THBT Autocracy is doomed in the Age of Facebook
22nd World Schools Debating Championships 2010, Doha
R1: That we should support Military Intervention in Somalia
R2: That we should make physical education compulsory in schools
R3: That every Country should have the right to possess Nuclear Weapons
R4: That we should support quotas for women in high government positions
R5: That Doctors should report evidence of Martial Abuse to the police
R6: That developing nations should have the right to give priority to development ahead of the environment
R7: That Terrorist suspects should have the right to a Trial in Civilian courts
R8: That we should legalise performance enhancing drugs
OF: That we should have no law restricting freedom of speech
QF: That compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by past generations
SF: That the United States should withdraw from the Middle East
GF : That Governments should Never Bail out Big Companies
21st World Schools Debating Championships 2009 in Athens, Greece
R1: THBT cultural treasures should be returned to their areas of origin.
R2: THW not eat meat.
R3: THW encourage the expanded use of civilian nuclear energy.
R4: TH believes that terrorism can never be justified.
R5: THW legalise current technologies for choosing human embryos on the basis of their genetic characteristics.
R6: THW ban smoking in public places.
R0: THW ban the physical punishment of children by their parents.
R7: THBT public services are best run by private companies.
R8: THW pursue minor crimes with the same vigour as major crimes.
OF: THW require people to work in return for welfare payments.
QF: THW lower the voting age.
SF: THBT dictatorships should not receive international aid.
GF: THBT all illegal immigrants should receive amnesty.
20th World Schools Debating Championships 2008 in Washington DC, USA
R1: TH supports military intervention to deliver emergency aid in humanitarian crises.
R2: THW ban strikes by those working in essential state services.
R3: THW ban the use of unethically obtained data in scientific research.
R4: THBT humanities courses should be part of every undergraduate programme.
R5: THW make the directors of multinational companies personally liable for environmental abuses committed by their companies in the developing world.
R6: THW cease the use of detention without trial in the war on terror.
R7: THBT governments have a duty to bail out failing financial institutions.
R8: THW ban government funding of the arts.
OF: THBT heads of government should be required to have a parliamentary majority to govern.
QF: TH regrets the hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
SF: THW drop all US sanctions on Cuba.
GF: THW expand the permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
19th World Schools Debating Championships 2007 in Seoul, South Korea
R1: THW make the development of clean industry a condition for receiving non-emergency aid.
R2: THW ban the use of models who are below a healthy weight.
R3: THBT Holocaust denial should be a crime.
R4: THBT governments should not place limits in the areas which scientists may research.
R5: THBT the United States should withdraw from its military bases in Asia.
R6: THW legalize all drugs.
R0: THW execute war criminals.
R7: THBT free trade harms the developing world.
R8: THW limit media reporting of terrorist atrocities.
OF: THW force organizations to place more women in senior positions.
QF: THW privatize public utilities companies.
SF: THW partition Iraq.
GF: THW abolish the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
18th World Schools Debating Championships 2006 in Cardiff, Wales
R1: THW place a worldwide ban on the use of civil nuclear energy.
R2: THBT full-time students should take part in compulsory charity work.
R3: THBT captured terrorists should be treated as prisoners of war.
R4: THW place a worldwide ban on tobacco advertising.
R5: TH supports the international trading of pollution quotas.
R6: THW ban abortion except in cases where the mother’s health is at risk.
R7: THBT Internet search engines should boycott China until it allows its citizens unrestricted access to the Web.
R8: THBT the War on Terror has been counter-productive.
OF: THBT governments should subsidise the traditional arts of minority cultures.
QF: THW punish sports teams whose fans misbehave.
SF: THBT first-time offenders who commit non-violent crimes should not be sent to jail.
GF: THBT democracy is the best system of government for every nation.
17th World Schools Debating Championships 2005 in Calgary, Canada
R0: THW ban the use of human embryos in scientific research.
R1: THBT the costs of space exploration outweigh the benefits.
R2: THBT censorship does more harm than good.
R3: THBT political parties should receive state funding.
R4: THBT civil marriage should be open to homosexual couples.
R5: THW use affirmative action in response to historical injustice.
$6: THW negotiate with terrorists.
R7: THBT education policy should be the responsibility of local authorities.
R8: THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments.
OF: THBT national security should take precedence over individual rights.
QF: THBT the first priority of criminal justice should be rehabilitation, not retribution.
SF: THB in regional trading blocs rather than global free trade.
GF: THBT the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council should not have veto power.
16th World Schools Debating Championships 2004 in Stuttgart, Germany
R0: THW do away with the Olympic Games.
R1: THBT Turkey should join the European Union.
R2: THBT fast food companies should pay people compensation for damaging their health.
R3: THBT we should make use of genetically modified crops to feed the world.
R4: THW prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences.
R5: THBT trade unions impede progress.
R6: THBT governments should protect their native languages.
R7: THBT religion has no place in state schools.
R8: TH condemns the influence of the music industry on youth.
OF: THBT the welfare state should be scrapped.
QF: THBT political parties have too much influence on democratic elections.
SF: THBT globalisation perpetuates social inequity.
GF: THBT the world is facing a clash of civilizations.
15th World Schools Debating Championships 2003 in Lima, Peru
R0: THB in trial by jury.
R1: THW advertise prescription medicines.
R2: THBT voting in national elections should be compulsory.
R3: THBT current intellectual property laws are a brake on progress.
R4: THBT sporting boycotts are a legitimate political tool.
R5: THBT cultural treasures belong at home.
R6: TH supports voluntary euthanasia.
R7: THBT the sovereignty of nation states is an outdated concept.
R8: TH supports quotas for women in national parliaments.
OF: THW pay development aid direct to governments.
QF: THW legalise prostitution.
SF: THBT political decisions should not be dictated by religious beliefs.
GF: THW end the war on drugs.
14th World Schools Debating Championships 2002 in Singapore
R1: THBT professionalism has ruined the Olympic Games.
R2: THBT politicians should only be allowed to serve in office for a limited period of time.
R3: THBT low taxes are preferable to extensive government services.
R4: THW maintain United States military bases in Asia.
R5: THBT gambling of all forms should be illegal.
R6: THBT free trade is the way forward.
R7: TH supports missile defence.
R8: THW make tobacco companies pay compensation to the individual.
OF: THW ban genetic screening.
QF: TH supports the international trading of pollution permits.
SF: THW compromise civil liberties in the interests of security.
GF: THBT the media has become too powerful.
13th World Schools Debating Championships 2001 in Johannesburg, South Africa
R1: THW waive patent rights for AIDS drugs for underdeveloped countries.
R2: THW ban all handguns.
R3: THBT gay couples should be allowed to adopt children.
R4: TH disapproves of cloning.
R5: THBT affluent nations should accept more refugees.
R6: THW cancel third world debt.
R7: TH supports the use of the death penalty.
R8: THBT international sport is warfare without weapons.
OF: THW impose democracy.
QF: TH refuses to negotiate with terrorists.
SF: THW give parents the final say in medical treatment of their children.
GF: THBT compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by previous generations.
12th World Schools Debating Championships 2000 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA
QF: THBT we should further regulate the Internet.
SF1: THBT it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose but how you play the game.
SF2: THBT the costs of capitalism outweigh the benefits.
GF: THBT national security concerns justify the restriction of civil liberties.
11th World Schools Debating Championships 1999 in London, England
R1: THW legalise performance-enhancing drugs in sport.
R2: THBT the International Criminal Court won’t work.
R3: TH regrets the influence of Hollywood.
R4: TH fears the Millenium.
R5: THW break the law to protect the rights of animals.
R6: THBT the Kyoto Summit didn’t go far enough.
R7: TH condemns the bombing of Iraq.
R8: THBT governments should never restrict freedom of speech.
OF: THBT multi-nationals are the new imperialists.
QF: TH supports the televising of criminal trials.
SF: TH believes in the nuclear deterrent.
GF: THBT the state has a duty to protect individuals from themselves.
10th World Schools Debating Championships 1998 in Jerusalem, Israel
R1: THW turn its swords into ploughshares.
R2: THW ban surrogate motherhood.
R4: THBT the cost of space exploration is justified.
R5: THBT economic sanctions against individual countries are immoral.
GF: THW continue to prosecute World War II criminals.
9th World Schools Debating Championships 1997 in Bermuda
R1: THW support a mandatory retirement age.
R3: THW expand the use of nuclear energy.
R6: THW support a mandatory retirement age.
R8: THW expand the use of nuclear energy.
GF: THBT terrorism is justifiable in some circumstances.
6th World Schools Debating Championships 1994 in New Zealand
R1: That technology has outstripped morality.
R2: That feminism is corrupting the family.
R3: That technology has outstripped morality.
R5: That one superpower is better than two.
R7: That feminism is corrupting the family.
Some of the impromptu motions:
That Hollywood has a lot to answer for.
That tourists are a global menace.
That repression of civil rights justifies violent action.
GF: That the United Nations is the one best hope for the future.