Here are a selection of the motions debated at the World Schools Debating Championship thanks to Paul.
The prefix I: indicates impromptu motions. Those without a prefix indicate prepared motions. OF, QF, SF and GF indicate the Octo, Quarter, Semi and Grand Finals respectively.
2013 – Antalya, Turkey
R1: THBT important decisions about children’s health should be made by medical professionals and not by their parents
R2: (Impromptu) 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: (I) THW allow prisoners to choose death over life sentence
R5: THW cease the exploitation of resources in the Arctic Region
R6: (I) THW require government schools to teach religious studies
R7: THS sovereign debt default as a legitimate economic strategy for countries
R8: (I) THW require university students to work in their country of origin for a number of years after graduation
OF: (I) THW cut welfare support on compulsive gamblers
QF: (I) THBT social movements in democratic countries should drive social change through the courts rather than the legislature
SF: (I) THBT the government should pay house wives and house husbands for their work
GF: THBT Turkey is better off outside the EU

2012- Cape Town, South Africa

Adj Test: THW make voting compulsory
R1: THW ban alcohol {Impromptu}
R2: THBT newly democratised Arab nations should not allow religious parties to participate in elections {Prepared}
R3: THW allow single parents in prison to raise their children behind bars {Impromptu}
R4: THBT developing nations should place limits on internal rural-urban migration {Prepared}
R5: THBT the police should use racial profiling when fighting crime {Impromptu} Defition of racial provided by organizers “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 {Prepared}
R7: THS Child Labour in the Developing World {Impromptu}
R8: THBT states should enshrine legally actionable socio-economic rights {Prepared}
OF: THBT the govt should create special schools that teach in endangered indigenous languages {Impromptu}
QF: THBT Gay rights organizations should out gay public figures {Impromptu}
SF: THS 100% tax on all inherited wealth {Impromptu}
GF: TH regrets South Africa’s decision to use the Truth and Reconciliation Commission rather than prosecuting perpetrators of crimes committed under Apartheid {Prepared}
Reserve: THBT government run broadcasting stations should give airtime to racist political parties {Used between India and Mexico in R5}

2011 – Dundee, Scotland
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 (originally reserve motion)
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

2010 – Doha, Qatar
R1: That we should support Military Intervention in Somalia
R3: That every Country should have the right to possess Nuclear Weapons
R5: That Doctors should report evidence of Martial Abuse to the police
R7: That Terrorist suspects should have the right to a Trial in Civilian courts
IR2: That we should make physical education compulsory in schools
IR4: That we should support quotas for women in high government positions
IR6: That developing nations should have the right to give priority to development ahead of the environment
IR8: That we should legalise performance-enhancing drugs in sport
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

2009 – Athens, Greece
THW encourage the expanded use of civilian nuclear energy
THBT public services are best run by private companies
THBT cultural treasures should be returned to their areas of origin
THW legalise current technologies for choosing human embryos on the basis of their genetic characteristics
I: THW require people to work in return for welfare payments
I: THW lower the voting age
I: THBT all illegal immigrants should receive amnesty
I: THBT dictatorships should not receive international aid
GF: THBT governments should grant amnesties to all illegal immigrants

2008 – Washington, USA
TH Supports Military intervention to deliver emergency aid in Humanitarian crises
THBT governments have a duty to Bail out failing Financial Institutions
THW Ban the use of Unethically obtained data in Scientific Research
THW make the Directors of Multinational companies Personally liable for environmental abuses committed by their companies in the developing world
I: THW Ban government funding of arts
I: THW cease the use of detention without trial in the war on terror
I: THW ban Strikes by those working in essential services
I: THW admit Georgia into NATO (Bye Round)
OF: THBT heads of government should be required to have a parliamentary majority in order to govern
QF: TH regrets holding the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
SF: THW have the United States lift economic sanctions on Cuba
THW drop all US sanctions on Cuba
GF: THW expand the Permanent membership of the UN Security Council

2007 – South Korea
THBT Free Trade harms the Developing world
THBT Holocaust denial should be a crime
THBT the United States should withdraw from its Military bases in Asia
THW make the Development of Clean industry a condition for receiving non-emergency aid
I: THW ban the use of Models who are below a Healthy Weight
I: THW legalize all drugs
I: THW execute war criminals
I: 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

2006 – Cardiff, Wales
THW place a worldwide ban on the use of civil nuclear energy
THBT full-time students should take part in compulsory charity work
THBT captured terrorists should be treated as prisoners of war
THW place a worldwide ban on tobacco advertising
TH supports the international trading of pollution quotas
THW ban abortion except in cases where the mother’s health is at risk
THBT Internet search engines should boycott China until it allows its citizens unrestricted access to the Web
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

2005 – Calgary, Canada

THBT the costs of space exploration outweigh the benefits
THBT political parties should receive state funding
THW use affirmative action in response to historical injustice
THBT education policy should be the responsibility of local authorities
I: THBT censorship does more harm than good
I: THBT civil marriage should be open to homosexual couples
I: THW negotiate with terrorists
I: THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments
I: THW ban the use of human embryos in scientific research (Bye-Round)
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

2004 – Stuttgart, Germany

THBT Turkey should join the European Union
THW make use of genetically modified crops to feed the world
THBT trade unions impede progress
THBT religion has no place in state schools
I: THBT fast food companies should pay people compensation for damaging their health
I: THW prosecute teenagers as adults for criminal offences
I: THBT governments should protect their native languages
I: TH condemns the influence of the music industry on today’s youth
I: THW do away with the Olympic Games (Bye-Round)
OF: THBT 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 facing a clash of civilisations

2003 – Lima, Peru

THW advertise prescription medicines
THBT current intellectual property laws are a brake on progress
THBT cultural treasures belong at home
THBT the sovereignty of nation states is an outdated concept
I: THBT voting in national elections should be compulsory
I: THBT sporting boycotts are a legitimate political tool
I: TH supports voluntary euthanasia
I: TH supports quotas for women in national parliaments
I: THB in trial by jury (Bye-Round)
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

2002 – Singapore

THBT professionalism has ruined the Olympic Games
THW maintain United States military bases in Asia
THBT free trade is the way forward
TH supports missile defence
I: THBT politicians should only be allowed to serve in office for a limited period of time
I: THBT low taxes are preferable to extensive government services
I: THBT gambling of all forms should be illegal
I: 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

2001 – Johannesburg, South Africa

THBT affluent nations should accept more refugees
THW waive patent rights for AIDS drugs for under-developed countries
THBT gay couples should be allowed to adopt children
THW cancel third world debt
I: THW ban all handguns
I: This House supports the use of the death penalty
I: This House disapproves of cloning
I: This House believes that 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

2000 – Pittsburgh, USA

QF: THBT we should further regulate the internet
SF: THBT it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose but how you play the game
SF: THBT the cost of capitalism outweigh the benefits
GF: THBT national security concerns justify the restriction of civil liberties