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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Derek Medolla (Binghamton University) vs. Opposition: Matt Coppola (Liberty High School)

Judge: Caleb Maier (Unaffiliated)

Resolution: THBT: An overriding ethical obligation to protect and preserve extraterrestrial microbial life and ecosystems should be incorporated into international law.

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    Derek Medolla

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    Matt Coppola
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    Posted at April 11, 2016 02:57:12PM EST by Derek Medolla



    William Kramer
    Space Policy, Volume 30, Issue 4 pg. 215-222

    : ALAN MARSHALL: Awarded a doctorate degree from University of Wollongong for environmental studies.
    Ethics and the Extraterrestrial Environment:

    Posted at April 13, 2016 04:53:27AM EST by Matt Coppola



    Posted at April 13, 2016 09:06:17PM EST by Derek Medolla



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at April 15, 2016 01:12:04AM EST by Matt Coppola



    Alter, Karen. "Has Putin Broken International Law?" CNN. Cable News Network, 5 Mar. 2014. Web. 15 Apr. 2016.


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at April 17, 2016 10:39:43AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    The decision is for the Opposition: Matt Coppola

    Reason for Decision:

    The proposition didn't post their closing video by the deadline, resulting in a forfeit.

    1 Comment

    Nice job on both teams. Small things to note--Derek, make sure that you follow through with your original points in your rebuttal. I think you spent too much time talking about the UN and privatization there. I also wasn't sure how privatization was relevant--you might have said that this international law would stop all government investment in space, would would naturally lead to privatization.

    Matt--great work, especially on the line-by-line. One thing I'd work on is a stronger offense. In particular, your criticism of how effective the law would be actually mitigates your argument about the law doing damage--if the law doesn't work, it won't do as much damage. Moreover,you might have run into the argument that the fact that the law can't be greatly enforced gives it improved flexibility--in case of a great need, the law can be simply ignored. Also, drilling seemed like your only subpoint under mutual exclusivity. One might drill around microbes--it might be helpful to add a few more subpoints there. Sorry that I can't give you speaks :/ I thought you did very well.

    - Caleb Maier on April 17, 2016 at 07:43PM EST

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