The Con has multiple positions from which to generate offense as well as some good defensive positions. The following are organized in sections: BRI inherently bad, the economic aspects of the BRI, environmental impact, World relations and power, promoting a theory of government, human rights and crime and finally a section on 5G. As written in the PRO arguments section, modern day practices have public forum teams paraphrasing rather than reading evidence. Therefore, we are summarizing arguments, footnoting to the articles where the student can find evidence to support the position. Whether the student paraphrases that article or cuts it for evidence will be left for the student and their coaches to decide.
This work is designed to outline arguments in support of the September-October resolution.
The September-October Public Forum debate resolution is straightforward. This article examines the four terms of which three appear to be unambiguous.
There is arguably no upside to the United States acceding to the Law of the Sea Treaty. But there is a major downside. Because the Treaty removes the ability to make reservations, with accession the US would be subject to the entirety of UNCLOS. The Treaty would open the United States to litigation.
The Law of the Sea Convention was transmitted to the Senate by President Clinton in 1994 for its advice and consent. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 19-0 in support of joining the Convention in 2004. A full Senate vote does not take place. In 2007 President Bush urges the Senate to approve U. S. Accession. The Committee holds hearings and votes 17-4 in support of joining the Convention. A vote of the full Senate does not take place. In 2012 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds four hearings on the Convention; no vote is taken.