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Proposition: David Kim (Colin Powell Elementary School) vs. Opposition: Sameera Velicheti (Outschool Online - Intermediate)

Judge: Eric Kazadi (Unaffiliated)

Resolution: Resolved: The United Nation should require countries to uniformly enact substantial criminal justice reform in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

  • David Kim
    David Kim
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    Sameera Velicheti
    Sameera Velicheti
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    Posted at July 6, 2020 06:50:43PM EST by David Kim

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    Posted at July 7, 2020 11:43:18PM EST by Sameera Velicheti

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    Posted at July 8, 2020 05:49:55PM EST by David Kim

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    Posted at July 9, 2020 10:52:13PM EST by Sameera Velicheti

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    Posted at July 10, 2020 08:34:20PM EST by David Kim

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    Submitted at July 12, 2020 12:34:34PM EST by Eric Kazadi

    Category David Kim Sameera Velicheti
    Use of evidence: 4 4.5
    Delivery skill: 3 4
    Coherence of arguments: 5 3.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 3.5 4
    Identification of key points: 3.5 4
    Comments: Your case is very US-centric - the UN is an international body and the motion requires you to defend them implementing reforms internationally across all their member states so you needed to 1) establish that police brutality is an international problem and 2) that the UN could act in that international manner. Good pointing out that the proposition only establishes the US as having the issues of police brutality and mass incarceration and using examples which undermine this being an issue requiring a global level response.

    Be careful and make sure you read the motion brief carefully because it was explicitly stated that opposition speakers may challenge the efficacy of this policy but that you may not argue that it won't pass because it would be blocked by the P5 of the UN Security Council.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Sameera Velicheti

    Reason for Decision:

    There are 2broad issues:

    Firstly the necessity for this. The proposition does a good job in substantiating that police brutality is an issue but unfortunately, as pointed out by the opposition, the harms are very localised to the US so there isn't a sense of agency to the issue. The proposition pushes back by providing other examples, which are credited but do not respond to the core contention that the issue does not require a UN level response especially with regards to the issue of independent laws which exist in different countries.

    The second issue is the clash around efficacy. I think the opposition wins this as well because they challenge the virtue of prioritising resources for reform in most of the world where police brutality isn't a major crisis like in the US. The stuff about veto power is good, but not credited because the brief did explicitly mention that the opposition cannot merely argue that it would be vetoed by the Security Council because both teams have to engage with the motion in a world where it is feasible, and show why, assuming feasibility is a given, it should or shouldn't be enacted. Nevertheless, the bulk of the opposition arguments still stand and thus they win the debate.


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