Debate Topics Archive

Teams, please use this as a guide to the kind of topics you should prepare for at BEST tournaments.

2014-2015 BEST World Schools Debate Motions

Prepared Topics
  1. This house believes that governments should prioritize policies that reduce social inequality over economic growth
  2. This house would support military action against ISIS
  3. This house would pay reparations to European Roma
  4. This house would impose a tax on men to reduce the gender pay gap
  5. This house supports media censorship during times of political crisis
  6. This house believes that corrupt democracy is better than dictatorship
  7. This house believes that in instances where peaceful protests are met with a disproportionately violent state response, protesters should respond violently
  8. This house would ban genetically modified foods
Impromptu Topics for the December Tournament in Lovech:
  1. Voting rights and informed citizenry
  2. Online relationships
  3. Nationalism in schools
Impromptu Topics for March Tournament in Pazardzhik:
  1. Research and Ethics
  2. Consumerist Lifestyles
  3. Social Media in Politics

2015-2016 BEST World Schools Debate Motions

Fall Regionals

November 14-15: Stara Zagora (South)

  1. This house believes that counter-immigration measures are regrettable.
  2. This house believes that outsourcing is bad for Bulgaria.
  3. This house believes that Ahmed Mohamed’s scholarship to space camp is justified.

November 21-22: Ruse (Northeast)

  1. This house believes that refugees of war should only seek refuge from neighboring countries.
  2. This house believes that the government should impose higher taxes on individuals with a higher carbon footprint.
  3. This house believes that changing a Facebook photo is not an effective way to support a cause.

December 5-6: Montana (Northwest)

  1. This house believes that soldiers sent on international missions should be atheists.
  2. This house believes that the government should not cover health care costs of individuals who choose not to be vaccinated.
  3. This house believes that entertainers should not pursue political careers.
Spring Regionals

February 13-14: Pazardzhik (South)

  1. This house believes that Star Wars is overrated.
  2. This house believes that a citizen can stop paying taxes if they are not happy with the public services.
  3. This house would deliberately forget certain events in history.

February 20-21: Silistra (Northeast)

  1. This house believes that smartphones are detrimental to social life.
  2. This house as the USA would encourage hackers who are convicted felons to damage oppressive regimes.
  3. This house considers fracking as a legitimate solution to national economic problems.

March 5-6: Pernik (Northwest)

  1. This house believes that young Bulgarians have the right to defend the Communist regime in Bulgaria.
  2. This house would neglect international laws in favor of national benefits.
  3. This house would sue Martin Shkreli for involuntary manslaughter.
National Tournament

April 22-24: Sofia

  1. This house believes that smartphones are detrimental to social life.
  2. This house would neglect international laws in favor of national benefits.
  3. This house believes that a citizen can stop paying taxes if they are not happy with the public services.

2016-2017 BEST World Schools Debate Motions

Fall Regionals

November 19-20: Vratsa (West)

  1. This house would impose taxes on countries based on their waste.
  2. This house believes that the cost of space exploration is justified.
  3. This house believes that the government should provide resources and incentives for refugees to remain in Bulgaria instead of moving towards Western Europe.

December 10-11: Shumen (East)

  1. This house believes that acts of violence are sometimes necessary to advance social movements.
  2. This house believes that biotechnology is a justified means for achieving equality among humans.
  3. This house would support efforts to fund the creation of self-driving cars.
Spring Regionals

February 11-12: Pazardzhik (West)

  1. This house believes that the police should have unrestricted access to the personal online data of everybody, including email, web history and private content on social media.
  2. This house regrets the rise of the Shared economy (e.g. AirBNB, Uber, etc.)
  3. This house believes that the Olympic Games should have a permanent competition site.

 March 11-12: Burgas (East)

  1. This house will demand international corporations operating in any developing country to uphold the same environmental standards required in their home country.
  2. This house believes that votes of younger voters should have more weight in all national elections or referendums.
  3. This house supports establishing an independent state of Kurdistan.
National Tournament

April 21-23: Varna

  1. This house believes that using waste-to-energy incinerators is the most responsible method of handling waste management.
  2. This house supports the UK’s treatment of migrants.
  3. This house believes that the Feminist Movement should be rebranded as Egalitarianism (an equal-rights-for-all movement).