WUDC 2008, Assumption:
Round 1: This House would allow the use of torture.
Round 2: This House believes that Taiwan should declare independence now
Round 3: THW not allow local government to pay for the relocation of homeless
Round 4: THBT the European Union should only direct aid to nations that pursue
environmentally sustainable development.
Round 5: THBT every criminal defendant should be required to use a government
provided defense lawyer.
Round 6: THW subject foreign political contributions to greater restrictions than
Round 7: THW assassinate Vladimir Putin.
Round 8: THBT governments should never rescue failing private industry.
ESL Semi Finals: THW require doctors to report all cases of suspected domestic
ESL Finals: THBT the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation of church
WUDC 2007, Vancouver:
Round 1: THW ban government funding of religious schools.
Round 2: THBT the UK should abolish itâ€™s nuclear arsenal.
Round 3: TH supports accelerated land redistribution in South Africa.
Round 4: THW criminalize the payment of ransom.
Round 5: TH supports independence for Quebec.
Round 6: THW abolish all taxes on inherited wealth.
Round 7: THW support regime change in Myanmar/Burma.
Round 8: THW ban Cosmetic Surgery.
Round 9: THW grant citizenship in exchange for military service.
Octo Final: THBT developing nation should nationalize their energy resources.
Quarter Final: THBT people sentenced to life imprisonment should be allowed to
choose the death penalty instead.
Semi Final: THW ban websites that glorify eating disorders.
Final: THBT economic growth is the solution to climate change.
ESL Semi: THB all serious crimes should be trialed by Jury.
ESL Final: THBT politicians have a right to a private life.
Masters Round 1: This house would designate one city to permanently host the
Masters Round 2: This house believes that governments should provide heroin
addicts with safe injection facilities.
Masters Final: TH supports a 35 hour working week.
EFL Final: This house would lift sanctions on Iran.
WUDC 2006, Dublin:
Final: That this house would abolish all laws prohibiting cruelty to animals.
Semi: This house would prohibit speeches that incite hatred.
Quarter Final: This House Would permit legislating by citizen initiated referenda.
Octo Final: This House believes that international law should recognise the right of
each state to unilaterally undertake armed humanitarian intervention.
ESL Final: This House Believes that European Governments should payparents to
ESL Semi Final: This House would abandon the civilian use of nuclear power.
Round 1: This House Would Grant An Amnesty To All Illegal Immigrants Currently In
The United States
Round 2: That This House Believes That The Catholic Church Should Allow The Use Of
Condoms In The Fight Against HIV/AIDS In Africa.
Round 3: That This House Believes The West Should End Military Cooperation With
Pakistan Until It Holds Free Presidential Elections.
Round 4: This House Would Prohibit Women Over The Age Of 45 Years From
Undergoing Assisted Human Reproduction.
Round 5: This House Would Give Japan A Permanent Seat On The United Nations
Round 6: This House Would Not Allow Intelligent Design To Be Included In The School
Round 7: This House Would Recognise A Legally Enforceable Right To A Minimum
Standard Of Living.
Round 8: This House Supports The Creation Of An Independent State For The Iraqi
Round 9: This House Supports Indigenous Persons Convicted Of A Crime Being
Sentenced By Their Community And Not The Courts.
WUDC 2005, Malaysia:
Final: This House Supports Corporal Punishment in Schools.
Semi Final: This House Would Use Gambling To Rejuvenate Depressed Economic
Quarter Final: This House Believes That Mentally Handicapped People Are Better
Cared For In The Community Than In Institutions.
Octo Final: This House Believes It Is Time For an ASEAN Parliament.
Round 1: This House would compel HIV infected people to disclose their disease to
their sexual partners.
Round 2: This house believes the EU should open its doors to North Africa.
Round 3: This House would not teach vocational studies at University.
Round 4: This House would positively discriminate women in the armed forces.
Round 5: This House believes that outsourcing is good for the developed and
Round 6: This house would have harsher sentences for celebrity criminals.
Round 7: This House Believes that anti-terrorism is the new McCarthyism.
Round 8: This House Would Expand NAFTA Into South America.
Round 9: This House Would Prioritise Organ Donations To Those Who Have Lived a
WUDC 2004, Singapore:
Final: TH would ban the abortion of fetuses on the grounds of their permanent
Semi Final: TH believes war journalists should be forced to reveal their sources in
international criminal tribunals.
Quarter Final: TH believes parents should cast proxy votes for their children.
Octo Final: TH would support regime change in Iran.
Round 1: THW try Saddam Hussein before an international tribunal .
Round 2: TH supports all forms of child labour .
Round 3: THB eviormentalists should use terrorism in support of their goals.
Round 4: THB students all round the world should be taught in English .
Round 5: THW tie world bank aid to womens' rights .
Round 6: THW make the release of child sexual abusers conditional on chemical
Round 7: TH believes only African countries should be peacekeepers in African
Round 8: TH would use international sporting events for political change .
Round 9: TH would ban religious symbols in state schools.
ESL Final: TH believes that Japanese armed forces should fight in foreign lands.
ESL Semi Final: TH prefers regional trade agreements to the WTO.
WUDC 2003, Stellenbosch:
Final: This house believes that the world has learned nothing from 9/11.
Semi Final: This house believes that globalization is imperialism repackaged.
Quarter Final: This house believes in the absolute right of the patient.
Octo Final: This house believes that tobacco companies should have social
Round 1: This house fears an expanded Europe.
Round 2: This house would return land to its original owners.
Round 3: This house believes that AIDS drugs should be freely available to all.
Round 4: This house believes that the media is the West's most effective weapon.
Round 5: This house believes that harmony is more important than diversity.
Round 6: This house believes that environmentalism in the Third World is the
responsibility of the First World.
Round 7: This house believes that the West should accept the democratic decision of
the people of Zimbabwe.
Round 8: This house believes that the US should be answerable to TRCs [Truth &
Reconciliation Commissions] in South America.
Round 9: This house believes that Sharon should stand with Milosovic.
ESL Final: This House would make population control a pre-requisite of aid.
ESL Semi Final: This house supports Compulsory Military Service.
WUDC 2002, Toronto:
Rounds 1: This house would bail out failing industries.
Rounds 2: This house believes that making Yassar Arrafat a partner in peace was a
Rounds 3: This house believes that the west should treat state sponsored sexism as
Rounds 4: This house believes that the WTO is the friend of the developing world.
Rounds 5: This house would force feed anorexics.
Rounds 6: This house believes that political assassinations are a legitimate tool of
Rounds 7: This house supports domestic content quotas in broadcasting.
Rounds 8: This house believes that the sexual history of rape victime should be
admissible in court.
Rounds 9: This house believes that US foreign policy is responsible for September 11.
Octo Finals: This house would extradite accused criminals to face the death penalty.
Quater Finals: This house supports surrogacy for profit.
Semi Final: This house believes that civil liberties must be restricted in the interests
Final: This house would ban prisoners publishing accounts of their crimes.
ESL Semi Final: THis house believes that prisoners have no right to vote.
ESL Final: This house believes that the Nobel Prize proves that the UN has a strong
role to play.
WUDC 2001, Glasgow:
Rounds 1: This house would ban criminals from voting.
Rounds 1b: This house would give Europe it's own Army.
Rounds 2. This house would put a speed limit on human Traffic.
Rounds 3. This house would make company directors criminally liable for the wrongs
of their company.
Rounds 4. This house believes the US should get out of the middle east.
Rounds 5. This house would make pollution a tradable commodity.
Rounds 6. This house would remove patents on pharmacutical drugs from the 3rd
Rounds 7. This house believed that the WTO should grant exemptions to developing
Rounds 8. This house would ban performance enhancing drugs in sport.
Octo-Finals: This house would outlaw genetic discrimination.
Quater Finals: This house supports a one child policy.
Semi Final: This house would make reparations for slavery.
Final: This house would elect it's judges.
ESL Semi Final: This house would keep peacekeepers out of civil wars.
ESL Final: This house believes that a language which needs proteting isn't worth
Masters Final: This house would squeeze the rich until the pip squeaks.
Masters Semi Final: This house believes that the rights of the child are paramount.
Masters Quarter: This house would censor hate.
WUDC 2000, Sydney:
Rounds 1. That this house believes that election campaigns should be fully financed
by the state.
Rounds 2. That this house demands work for welfare.
Rounds 3. That this house would alter its genetic code.
Rounds 4. That this house would put worker's rights before trade rights.
Rounds 6. That this house would ignore the war in Chechnya.
Rounds 7. That this house believes religious doctrines are more important than
Rounds 8. That this house likes its environmentalists radical.
Rounds 9. That this house would put corporate profits before individual privacy.
Octo Final: That Asia should take the liberal path.
Quarterr Final: That this house would shut down Macdonalds.
Semi Final: This House Believes the IMF is the British Empire of Today.
Final: This house believes Marx would have approved of the internet.
Masters Final: This house favours Positive discrimination.
Masters Semi Final: That women should apply lipstick.
Masters Round 1: This house would Club Baby Seals.
WUDC 1999, Manilla:
1. This house supports the bombing of Iraq.
2. This house believes globalization marginalises the poor.
3. This house believes the father should be present at conception.
4. This house believes ASEAN should rally behind Anwar.
5. This house believes art should be free from censorship.
6. This house believes democracy is the best way forward for Russia.
7. This house believes religious leaders should listen to opinion polls.
8. This house would rehabilitate criminals.
9. This house believes that federalism will not work for europe
Octo Final: This house believes that old dictators should not have to face the music
Qtr Final: This house believes that Media is more Powerful than the Government
Semi Final: This House would get US bases out of Asia
Final: This house believes Nethanyahu is the biggest obstacle to peace in Israel
Final: This house believes that a celibate priest is an unhappy priest
Semi-Finals: This House believes that Child Labour is necessary in developing
First Round: This house would support global nuclear disarmament
WUDC 1998, Athens:
This house believes in Economic policy before social policy
This house would look to the East
This house would put an immediate ban on land mines
This house believes he who controls information technology controls the world
This house believes that the glass is half full
This house believes that marriage is an outdated institution
This house believes that environmentalism is mostly hot air
This house believes that liberty should be rationed
This house would protect the rights of smokers
Octo Finals: This house believes we should leave nation states to the scrap yard of
Qtr Finals: This house believes that the olympic games should come home for good
Semi Final : THis house would give national treasures back to its people
Final: This house believes that humanitarism is a first world affectation
WUDC 1997, Stellenbosch:
1. This house believes that developing nations need strong dictatorship.
2. This house would legalize prostitution.
3. This house has an unhealthy obsession with sport.
4. This house believes that the U.S. is more sinned against than sinning.
5. This house would let the information superhighway run free.
6. This house believes that fanaticism works.
7. This house would allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
8. This house will regret the trade bloc.
9. This house believes that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a weak
Octo Final: This house supports privatization
Qtr Final: This house would adopt quotas.
Semi Final: This house believes that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom
Final: This house would legalize all drugs.
ESL Final: This House believes that there is no such thing as universal human rights
WUDC 1996, Cork:
1.This house would put pragmatism before its principles.
2. This house would test nuclear weapons.
3. This house would rebuild the Berlin Wall.
4. This house would sacrifice economic growth for the good of the environment.
5. This house would give racists a platform.
6. This house would make the blood of the patriarchy run in the streets. (enforced
7. This house would heed its priests.
8. This house believes that developing nations should adopt Western feminism.
9. This house would in trial by jury.
Octo Final: This house would reject big government.
Qtr Final: This house believes that the melting pot has failed.
Semi Final: This house would let the language die.
Final: This house believes that strong dictatorship is better than weak democracy.
WUDC 1995, Princeton:
1. This House would plan for peace by preparing for war.
2. This House has more to fear than to hope from genetic engineering.
3. This House would open its doors to the world.
4. This House believes that the separation of church and state has gone too far.
5. This House believes that the United Nations belongs on the ash-heap of history.
6. This House believes that American culture is an oxymoron. (enforced humour
7. This House believes that capitalism is a dead end.
8. This House believes economic sanctions should not be used to influence domestic
9. This House believes that the government that governs least, governs best.
Octo Final: This House supports the statement, "Yankee Go Home!"
WUDC 1994, Melbourne:
1. This house believes that right is more important than peace.
2. This House believes that political correctness is the new McCarthyism.
3. This House believes that space exploration can no longer be justified.
4. This House believes that Islam has had a bad press.
5. This House believes that the blood of East Timor is on Australia's hands.
6. This House believes that there is in this age a dearth of heroes.
7. This House believes that feminism should give way to multiculturalism.
8. This House believes that the West will regret free trade.
9. This House believes that cricket is to sport as Rolls-Royce is to motorcars.
(enforced humour round)
Octo Final: This House believes that the state of the union is stuffed.
Qtr Final: This House would support affirmative action.
Semi Final: This House believes that the Pope should get married.
Final: This House believes that Machiavelli is the way to go.
THB that governments should never rescue failing private industry.
This House would assassinate Vladimir Putin.
THW subject foreign political contributions to greater restrictions than domestic
This House believes that every criminal defendant should be required to use a
government provided defense lawyer.
This House believes that the European Union should only direct aid to nations that
pursue environmentally sustainable development.
THW not allow local government to pay for the relocation of homeless people
This House believes that Taiwan should declare independence now
This House would allow the use of torture.
[All the motions have been taken from the Global debate blog (Tuna)]
This House would require doctors to report all cases of suspected domestic violence.
This House believes that the Turkish military should stop enforcing the separation of
church and state.
This House believes that governments in the developing world should invest in sex
THW allow the police to use entrapment.
THW use the education system to instill moral norms in children beyond mere
obedience to the law.
THW grant citizenship to illegal immigrants who report on work-place exploitation.
THBT western liberal countries have a moral duty to spread democracy across the
world using force where necessary.
THBT custody hearings should not take a child's biological parentage into account.
THW allow doctors to actively lie to their patients in order to create or augment a
THW allow the police to physically discipline children below the age of criminal
THW allow political parties to designate certain pre-election claims as binding
promises, the breaking of which would trigger immediate fresh elections.
THBT countries where assisted suicide is illegal should prosecute those who assist
others that travel abroad to receive euthanasia.
THBT desecration of religious sites is a legitimate tactic of warfare.
THW remove all legal barriers to the genetic enhancement of humans.
THW abolish all limits on immigration.
This house believes that Obama should close the Guantanamo Camp immediately.
This house believes that it is time to close the borders to economic migrants.
This house would eliminate compulsory service in Malaysia.
This house would legislate against the embedding of journalists.
This house would prosecute Robert Mugabe for crimes against humanity
This house would bomb terrorist bases in Pakistan.
This house believes that South American countries should nationalize their natural
resources. Watch the debate video
This house would use the military against Somali pirates. Watch the debate video