Friday, January 10, 2014

WUDC 2014: Full List of Motions

The motions at the 2014 World Universities Debating Championships were the highlight of the Chennai tournament amid shortcomings in other organizational aspects. Most of them, especially the mandatory ones, were fair and relevant. The most controversial was the open octofinal motion that led to the demise of several favorite teams that had to defend it. Here is the full list of WUDC 2014 motions:

R1. THBT the United States of America should fund moderate madrassas throughout the Islamic world
R2. THW allow first-time offenders to, with the consent of the victims, pay compensation to them in place of a prison sentence
R3. TH regreats the rise of a 'hookup culture'
R4. THBT developing countries should ban members of political dynasties from standing for elected office
R5. THBT the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in the interests of the small and medium-sized negotiating countries
R6. THW make the receipt of welfare payments to raise children conditional on the use of long-term, but reversible, contraception
R7. 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
R8. THBT NATO should unconditionally offer membership to the states of the former Soviet Union, excluding Russia
R9. TH regrets the commodification of indigenous cultures

EFL Out-rounds
EFL SF. THBT the gay rights movement should abandon the claim that sexuality is not a choice
EFL GF. THBT multinational companies should be liable for human rights abuses that occur anywhere in their supply chain

ESL Out-rounds
ESL QF. THW remove all copyright protection for material deemed to be morally objectionable
ESL SF. THBT Pope Francis should publicly encourage Catholics to support radically redistributive government policies
ESL GF. THW allow countries to pay other countries to settle asylum seekers who reach their borders

Open Out-rounds
Open PDOF. THW abolish gated communities in the developing world
Open OF. THBT Japan should shame its soldiers who participated in World War II, including those who did not commit war crimes themselves
Open QF. THW auction off the long-term right to govern bankrupt cities for profit
Open SF. THBT women should reject practices that alter the appearance of their genitalia
Open GF. THBT India should adopt aggressive free market policies

Masters R1. THBT the feminist movement should actively fight to liberate men from their prescribed gender roles
Masters R2. THW redraw the borders of Africa
Masters GF. THW never categorize people by their race

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