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WSDC Motions ( P = prepared)

Year Venue Round P Motion


2013 Antalya 1 P THBT important decisions about childrens health should be made by medical professionals and not by their parents
2 THBT the media should be prevented by law from intruding the lives of public figures
3 P TH supports greater US military presence in East Asia
4 THW allow prisoners to choose death over life sentence
5 P THW cease the exploitation of resources in the Arctic Region
6 THW require government schools to teach religious studies
7 P TH supports sovereign debt default as a legitimate economic strategy for countries
8 THW require university students to work in their country of origin for a number of years after graduation
Octo THW cut welfare support on compulsive gamblers
Qtr THBT social movements in democratic countries should drive social change through the courts rather than the legislature
Semi THBT the government should pay house wives and house husbands for their work
Final P THBT Turkey is better off outside the EU
2012 Cape Town 1 THW ban alcohol
2 P THBT newly democratised Arab nations should not allow religious parties to participate in elections
3 THW allow single parents to raise their children behind bars
4 P THBT developing nations should place limits on internal rural-urban migration
5 THBT the police should use racial profiling to fight crime
6 P THBT the feminist movement should seek a ban on pornography
7 THW make voting compulsory
8 P THBT states should enshrine legally actionable socio-economic rights
Octo THBT governments should create schools which teach in indigenous languages
Qtr THBT gay rights organisations should out gay public figures
Semi TH supports 100% inheritance tax
Final P TH regrets South Africa's decision to use the Truth and Reconciliation Commission rather than prosecuting
perpetrators of crimes committed under Apartheid.
2011 Dundee 1 P THW offer dictators immunity in return for leaving power
2 THW allow free distribution of music on the internet
3 P THBT Universal Primary Education is a misallocation of resources for the developing world
4 THW make voting in national elections mandatory
5 P THW legalise the sale of human organs
6 THW stop sending humans into space
7 P THBT women can only achieve equality under a secular system of government
8 THW penalise sporting teams for the poor behaviour of their fans
Octo THW abandon nuclear energy
Qtr TH supports free immigration
Semi THBT every region should have the right to independent statehood if a majority of its members wish
Final P THBT autocracy is doomed in the age of Facebook
2010 Doha 1 P THBT we should support military intervention in Somalia
2 THBT we should make physical education compulsory in schools
3 P THBT every country should have the right to possess nuclear weapons
4 THBT we should support quotas for women in high government positions
5 P THBT doctors should report evidence of marital abuse to the police
6 THBT developing nations should have the right to give priority to development ahead of the environment
7 P THBT terrorist suspects should have the right to a trial in civilian courts
8 THBT we should legalise performance-enhancing drugs in sport
Octo THBT we should have no law restricting freedom of speech
Qtr THBT compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by past generations
Semi THBT the United States should withdraw from the Middle East
Final P THBT governments should never bail out big companies
2009 Athens 1 P THBT cultural treasures should be returned to their areas of origin
2 THW not eat meat
3 P THW encourage the expanded use of civilian nuclear energy
4 THBT terrorism can never be justified
5 P THW legalise current technologies for choosing human embryos on the basis of their genetic characteristics
6 THW ban smoking in public places
7 P THBT public services are best run by private companies
8 THBT minor crimes should be pursued with the same vigour as serious crimes
Octo THW require people to work in return for welfare payments
Qtr THW lower the voting age
Semi THW cut off all development aid to non-democratic countries
Final P THBT governments should grant amnesty to all illegal immigrants
2008 Washington DC 1 P TH supports military intervention to deliver emergency aid in humanitarian crises
2 THW ban strikes by those working in essential state services
3 P THW ban the use of unethically obtained data in scientific research
4 THBT humanities courses should be part of every undergraduate programme
5 P THW make the directors of multinational companies personally liable for environmental abuses committed by their companies
in the developing world
6 THW cease the use of detention without trial in the war on terror
7 P THBT governments have a duty to bail out failing financial institutions
8 THW ban government funding of the arts
Octo THBT heads of government should be required to have a parliamentary majority to govern
Qtr TH regrets the hosting of the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Semi THW drop all US sanctions on Cuba
Final P THW expand the permanent membership of the UN Security Council
2007 Seoul 1 P THW make the development of clean industry a condition for receiving non-emergency aid
2 THW ban the use of models who are below a healthy weight
3 P THBT Holocaust denial should be a crime
4 THBT governments should not place limits in the areas which scientists may research
5 P THBT the United States should withdraw from its military bases in Asia
6 THW legalise all drugs
7 P THBT free trade harms the developing world
8 THW limit media reporting of terrorist atrocities
Zero THW execute war criminals
Octo THW force organizations to place more women in senior positions
Qtr THW privatize public utilities companies
Semi THW partition Iraq
Final P THW abolish the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
2006 Cardiff 1 P THW place a worldwide ban on the use of civil nuclear energy.
2 THBT full-time students should take part in compulsory charity work
3 P THBT captured terrorists should be treated as prisoners of war
4 THW place a worldwide ban on tobacco advertising
5 P TH supports the international trading of pollution quotas
6 THW ban abortion except in cases where the mothers health is at risk
7 P THBT Internet search engines should boycott China until it allows its citizens unrestricted access to the Web
8 THBT the War on Terror has been counter-productive
Octo THBT governments should subsidise the traditional arts of minority cultures
Qtr THBT governments should subsidise the traditional arts of minority cultures
Semi THBT first-time offenders who commit non-violent crimes should not be sent to jail
Final P THBT democracy is the best system of government for every nation
2005 Calgary 1 P THBT the costs of space exploration outweigh the benefits
2 THBT censorship does more harm than good
3 P THBT political parties should receive state funding
4 THBT civil marriage should be open to homosexual couples
5 P THW use affirmative action in response to historical injustice
6 THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments
7 P THBT education policy should be the responsibility of local authorities
8 THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments
Zero THW ban the use of human embryos in scientific research
Octo THBT national security should take precedence over individual rights
Qtr THBT the first priority of criminal justice should be rehabilitation, not retribution
Semi TH believes in regional trading blocs rather than global free trade
Final P THBT the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council should not have veto power
2004 Stuttgart 1 P THBT Turkey should join the European Union
2 THBT fast food companies should pay people compensation for damaging their health
3 P THW make use of genetically modified crops to feed the world
4 THW prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences
5 P THBT trade unions impede progress
6 THBT governments should protect their native languages
7 P THBT religion has no place in state schools
8 TH condemns the influence of the music industry on todays youth
Zero THW do away with the Olympic Games
Octo THBT the welfare state should be scrapped
Qtr THBT political parties have too much influence on democratic elections
Semi THBT globalisation perpetuates social inequity
Final P THBT the world is facing a clash of civilisations
2003 Lima, Peru 1 P THW advertise prescription medicines
2 THBT voting in national elections should be compulsory
3 P THBT current intellectual property laws are a brake on progress
4 THBT sporting boycotts are a legitimate political tool
5 P THBT cultural treasures belong at home
6 TH supports voluntary euthanasia
7 P THBT the sovereignty of nation states is an outdated concept
8 TH supports quotas for women in national parliaments
Zero TH believes in trial by jury
Octo THW pay development aid direct to governments
Qtr THW legalise prostitution
Semi THBT political decisions should not be dictated by religious beliefs
Final P THW end the war on drugs
2002 Singapore 1 P THBT professionalism has ruined the Olympic Games
2 THBT politicians should only be allowed to serve in office for a limited period of time
3 P THW maintain United States military bases in Asia
4 THBT low taxes are preferable to extensive government services
5 P THBT free trade is the way forward
6 THBT gambling of all forms should be illegal
7 P TH supports missile defence
8 THW make tobacco companies pay compensation to the individual
Octo THW ban genetic screening
Qtr TH supports the international trading of pollution permits
Semi THW compromise civil liberties in the interests of security
Final P THBT the media has become too powerful
2001 Johannesburg 1 P THBT affluent nations should accept more refugees
2 THW ban all handguns
3 P THW waive patent rights for AIDS drugs for under-developed countries
4 TH supports the use of the death penalty
5 P THBT gay couples should be allowed to adopt children
6 TH disapproves of cloning
7 P THW cancel third world debt
8 THBT international sport is warfare without weapons
Octo THW impose democracy
Qtr TH refuses to negotiate with terrorists
Semi THW give parents the final say in medical treatment of their children
Final P THBT compensation should be paid for the injustices committed by previous generations
2000 Pittsburgh, PA Octo THBT we should further regulate the Internet
Qtr THBT the costs of capitalism outweigh the benefits
Semi THBT it doesn't matter whether you win or lose but how you play the game
Final THBT national security concerns justify the restriction of civil liberties
1999 London 1 P THW break the law to protect the rights of animals
2 TH regrets the influence of Hollywood
3 P THW legalise performance-enhancing drugs
4 TH fears the Millennium
5 P THBT the Kyoto Summit did not go far enough
6 TH condemns the bombing of Iraq
7 P THBT an International Criminal Court will not work
8 THBT governments should never restrict freedom of speech
Octo THBT multi-nationals are the new imperialists
Qtr TH supports the televising of criminal trials
Semi TH believes in the nuclear deterrent
Final P THBT the state has a duty to protect individuals from themselves
1998 Jerusalem 1 P THW turn its swords into ploughshares
2 P THW ban surrogate motherhood
4 P THBT the cost of space exploration is justified
5 P THBT economic sanctions against individual countries are immoral
Final P THW continue to prosecute world war two criminals
1997 Bermuda 1/6 P TH supports a mandatory retirement age
3/8 P THW expand the use of nuclear energy
1996 Canberra Final THBT governments should regulate the media
1995 Cardiff
1994 New Zealand 1/3 P THBT technology has outstripped morality.
2/7 THBT feminism is corrupting the family
5 THBT one superpower is better than two
1993 Medicine Hat
1992 London
1991 Edinburgh
1990 Winnipeg
1988 Canberra