THE DEBATE UNION

Lafayette Debates Topic/Tournaments

This year’s Lafayette Debates will use the following topic:

Corporations should prioritize stakeholder value over shareholder value.

Four tournaments will use the Lafayette Debates topic and format. These include the Western Championship at Loyola Marymount University (Saturday, February 8), the Lafayette Debates at Las Vegas (Saturday-Sunday, February 15-16), the Lafayette Invitational at Claremont McKenna College (Saturday, February 29), and the Lafayette Debates Championship at George Washington University and the French Embassy to the United States (Saturday-Sunday, April 3-4).

International Humanitarian Law Topics/Tournament

This year’s Internal Humanitarian Law topics are the following:

• It is unethical to deploy autonomous weapons systems.
• Abolish the International Criminal Court.

There is one tournament on this topic, hosted by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. It is scheduled for Sunday, March 1.

Social Justice Debate Topic/Tournaments

This year’s topic is The United States Federal Government should provide direct compensation to African-Americans who descended from slaves as reparations for slavery.

Tournaments using the format include George Washington University (November 2019) and Morehouse College (January 2020).