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Proposition: Saanvi Kumar (Outschool Online - Intermediate) vs. Opposition: Arthur Park (Leaders Academy)

Judge: becca steiner (University of Georgia)

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.

  • Saanvi Kumar
    Saanvi Kumar
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    Arthur Park
    Arthur Park
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    Posted at July 20, 2020 11:48:18PM EST by Saanvi Kumar

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/protests-spread-over-police-shootings-police-promised-reforms-every-year-they-still-shoot-nearly-1000-people/2020/06/08/5c204f0c-a67c-11ea-b473-04905b1af82b_story.html

    https://cbscreening.co.uk/news/post/criminal-police-checks/

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tanya-mcdowell-felicity-huffman/

    https://www.un.org/en/

    https://www.uscirf.gov/raif-badawi

    https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/outrageous-facts-about-saudi-arabia/

    Posted at July 22, 2020 02:31:34AM EST by Arthur Park

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    https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/what-kind-of-power-does-the-un-wield-internationally

    https://www.icj-cij.org/en/rules

    https://law.jrank.org/pages/966/Developing-Countries-Crime-in-Crime-rates-trends-in-developing-countries.html

    https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/Crime-statistics/International_Statistics_on_Crime_and_Justice.pdf

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40163-016-0056-7

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/federal_sentencing_guidelines#:~:text=The%20Federal%20Sentencing%20Guidelines%20are,upon%20a%20number%20of%20factors.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/sep/13/forensic-science-cost-cutting-police

    https://providencemag.com/2018/09/failure-un-case-united-nations/

    Posted at July 23, 2020 12:27:54AM EST by Saanvi Kumar

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    Posted at July 24, 2020 03:32:16AM EST by Arthur Park

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    https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/what-kind-of-power-does-the-un-wield-internationally

    https://www.icj-cij.org/en/rules

    https://law.jrank.org/pages/966/Developing-Countries-Crime-in-Crime-rates-trends-in-developing-countries.html

    https://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/Crime-statistics/International_Statistics_on_Crime_and_Justice.pdf

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s40163-016-0056-7

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/federal_sentencing_guidelines#:~:text=The%20Federal%20Sentencing%20Guidelines%20are,upon%20a%20number%20of%20factors.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2009/sep/13/forensic-science-cost-cutting-police

    https://providencemag.com/2018/09/failure-un-case-united-nations/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hijab_by_country

    Posted at July 25, 2020 12:25:47AM EST by Saanvi Kumar

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    Submitted at July 25, 2020 05:02:36PM EST by becca steiner

    Category Saanvi Kumar Arthur Park
    Use of evidence: 3 3
    Delivery skill: 5 5
    Coherence of arguments: 6 6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 5
    Identification of key points: 6 6
    Comments: comments for the first speech
    strengths:
    good volume, good vocal variety, good organization, good use of examples from multiple countries
    areas to improve: instead of using examples about diseases and hygiene, see if you can think of examples more related to crime, trials, and punishment. it would be helpful if you said in the beginning of the speech which countries are part of the UN.

    comments for the second speech:
    strengths
    : good vocal variety, good eye contact, good organization of points
    areas to improve: since the speeches are so short, I would focus on only 1 of the 3 (policing reform, sentencing, or forensic science) not all 3. This speech would benefit from more outside research/evidence/citations. for example, do you have evidence of a time when the UN sanctioned countries who did not comply with their rules/enactment of reform or policies?

    comments for the third speech:
    strengths:
    good confidence and enthusiasm, good eye contact, good volume
    areas to improve: it would be useful to remind the judge of any previous evidence you read in the first speech in this second speech.
    comments for the first speech
    strengths
    : good volume, good enthusiasm, good hand gestures
    areas to improve: no need to use the word "judge" so much throughout the speech. instead of "reformation" which sounds really formal, I would just use "reform" or "reforms."

    comments for the second speech:
    strengths
    : good volume, good vocal variety, good enthusiasm, good hand gestures, good transition words in between points
    areas to improve: it would be useful to remind the judge of any previous evidence/research you read in the first speech in this second speech. there is no need to say "judge" so much in this speech. instead of "Reformations" maybe just say "reform" or "reforms."

    The decision is for the Opposition: Arthur Park

    Reason for Decision:

    This was a good debate https://speechdebate.binghamton.edu/images/smilies/smile.gif I enjoyed watching the debate.

    At the end of the debate the main points from the opposition's main objections were that the UN does not have enough money to carry out reforms, countries would not comply with reforms, and countries will leave the UN because the reforms violate their sovereignty. The proposition said that even if the UN doesn't have enough money, charities and fundraisers can help --- and that countries would not have a good reason to leave the UN because they know it would disadvantage them in other ways. For me, this meant that the proposition had good reason why countries would not be so extreme that they would leave the UN, but did not provide enough of a reason why countries would comply with new criminal justice reforms enacted by the UN. Both teams agree that some sentencing laws may be in need of reform, but I am not sure whether or not the UN will be able to successfully implement criminal justice reform laws in these areas. It would be helpful for the pro team to have more evidence about the UN's budget, and charities/fundraisers beyond the 1 example of Black Lives Matter in the United States, and why countries would comply because they want and/or need criminal justice reform.


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