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2018 - 2019

  • January - February
    • Resolved: The United States ought not provide military aid to authoritarian regimes.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: In a democracy, the public’s right to know ought to be valued above the right to privacy of candidates for public office.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: In the United States, reporters ought to have the right to protect the identity of confidential sources.
  • *Note*
    • Please note that this is used for all LD divisions – WACFL does *not* use a separate Novice LD topic.

2017 - 2018

  • March - April
    • Resolved: The United States ought to provide a universal basic income.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: Wealthy nations have an obligation to provide development assistance to other nations.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: In the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.
  • *Note*
    • Please note that this is used for all LD divisions – WACFL does *not* use a separate Novice LD topic.

2016 - 2017

  • March - April
    • Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: The United States ought to limit qualified immunity for police officers.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.
  • *Note*
    • Please note that this is used for all LD divisions – WACFL does not use a separate Novice LD topic.

2015 - 2016

  • March - April
    • Resolved: The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: Adolescents ought to have the right to make autonomous medical choices.
  • *Note*
    • Please note that this is used for all LD divisions – WACFL does not use a separate Novice LD topic.

2014 - 2015

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: When in conflict, international actions to counter terrorism ought to take priority over national interests.
  • March - April
    • Resolved: Just governments ought to ensure food security for their citizens.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: Just governments ought to require that employers pay a living wage.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: The "right to be forgotten" from Internet searches ought to be a civil right.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: A just society ought to presume consent for organ procurement from the deceased.
  • *Note*
    • Please note that this is used for all LD divisions – WACFL does not use a separate Novice LD topic.

2013 - 2014

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: When in conflict, national security concerns ought to be valued above personal privacy.
  • March-April
    • Resolved: Placing political conditions on humanitarian aid to foreign countries is unjust.
  • January-February
    • Resolved: Developing countries should prioritize environmental protection over resource extraction when the two are in conflict.
  • November-December
    • Resolved: In the United States criminal justice system, truth-seeking ought to take precedence over attorney-client privilege.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: In a democracy, voting ought to be compulsory
  • *Note*
    • The Lincoln-Douglas topic above will be used for *all* divisions including Novice. There is *no* separate topic for Novice LD.

2012 - 2013

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: Just societies should never deliberately initiate war.
  • March - April
    • Resolved: The United States is justified in intervening in the internal political processes of other countries to attempt to stop human rights abuses.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: Rehabilitation ought to be valued above retribution in the United States criminal justice system.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal health care for its citizens.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: The United States ought to extend to non-citizens accused of terrorism the same constitutional due process protections it grants to citizens.

2011 - 2012

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: The United States ought not to intervene in the political processes of other sovereign nations.
  • March - April
    • Resolved: Targeted killing is a morally permissible foreign policy tool.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: It is morally permissible for victims to use deadly force as a deliberate response to repeated domestic violence.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: Individuals have a moral obligation to assist people in need.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.

2010 - 2011

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: The United States has a moral obligation to promote just governance in developing nations.
  • March - April
    • Resolved:The United States is justified in using private military firms abroad to pursue its military objectives.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: The abuse of illegal drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not of criminal justice.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: States ought not possess nuclear weapons.

2009 - 2010

  • NCFL Grand Nationals
    • Resolved: That the United States government has a moral obligation to afford the same Constitutional rights to all people on United States soil.
  • March - April
    • Resolved: In the United States, the principle of jury nullification is a just check on government.
  • January - February
    • Resolved: Economic sanctions ought not be used to achieve foreign policy objectives.
  • November - December
    • Resolved: Public health concerns justify compulsory immunization.
  • September - October
    • Resolved: Public high school students in the United States ought not be required to pass standardized exit exams to graduate.
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