At BMUN14, debate will be conducted clause-by-clause. Delegates are advised to bring numerous draft clauses on their topic (as opposed to resolutions) to lobby during periods of caucus. During caucus, delegates should attempt to garner support for their draft clauses, which they may submit to the Chairs upon receiving enough support (signatures) from other delegates. Draft clauses may also be merged during this time. There is no limit to the number of clauses delegates may submit. We endeavour to forego paper this year in committee (except for notepaper), so delegates are required to prepare their clauses on a shareable Google Doc.
Each clause will be debated and then voted on individually. Debate will begin with closed debate, then open debate, so delegates have the opportunity to make speeches in favour or against the clause (although the Chair reserves the right to set time for and time using their judgement). Amendments can be made to clauses, and these can be submitted and debated at any time during debate of the clause (or, if applicable, in time against the clause). Yield chains are limited to two yields (A → B → C→ Chairs). Delegates may submit additional clauses (with sufficient support) during debate if they so wish. They may also request brief caucus periods during debate, at the discretion of the Chairs. A motion for a caucus requires a second, and may be made when the Chair calls upon motions. Such motions may specify a time limit (eg ‘motion for a 15 minute caucus’), and will be recognised by the Chair if time restrictions allow.
Clauses and amendments need a simple majority (50% of votes in favour) to pass; when voting on amendments, abstentions are not in order. After debate for all clauses has elapsed, all successful clauses will be gathered onto a single resolution. This resolution will then be voted on – if time permits, there may be debate on the resolution as a whole prior to voting procedure.