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Citizens' Assemblies: Time to Renew European Democracy

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Liverpool

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Participants will explore the value of Citizens' Assemblies and consider whether we are at a point where they should or can start becoming a permanent part of European democracies. The conference concludes an EACEA funded project – Citizens' Assemblies for the Renewal of Europe - that has held Citizens' Assemblies across the EU this year, and brings together leading experts from both academia and civil society. For further information about the project please go to: https://www.citizensassemblies.eu/en

Conference Programme

The programme for the day with confirmed speakers is as follows:

9.30 – 10: Registration – tea and coffee

10 – 10.30 - Introduction and keynote speaker Prof. Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris and The Good Lobby

10.30 – 11.15 - Outcomes and findings of EACEA funded project ‘Citizens' Assemblies for the Renewal of Europe’ – Dr James Organ, University of Liverpool, and project partners: WeMove, DemNet, European Alternatives and DeClic.

11.15 – 11.30 - coffee break

11.30 – 12.30 - Panel A – ‘Examples of current Citizens' Assembly use; how they have added value and the challenges faced’

Prof. Graham Smith, University of Westminster - local Citizens' Assembly perspective

Dr Clodagh Harris, University College Cork - Irish Citizens' Assembly perspective

Michelle Brook, The Democratic Society - European citizens panel

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.15 - Three simultaneous workshops:

Workshop 1 – ‘Design and facilitation of Citizens' Assemblies’.

This workshop will be led by Kaela Scott and Paola Pierri. Kaela is from Involve, who are the leading public participation charity. Paola is from WeMove.EU, which is a leading citizens’ movement that campaigns for citizen-led democracy across the EU. This workshop will be an opportunity to discuss and learn about how to design and facilitate different forms of Citizens' Assembly with feedback from the Citizens' Assembly for the Renewal of Europe project co-led by WeMove, and the Citizens' Assemblies organised by Involve, such as last year’s Brexit Citizens' Assembly and the recent Citizens' Assembly for Social Care.

Workshop 2 – Online deliberation as part of a Citizens' Assembly’.

This will be led by Tudor Brabatan and Elisa Lironi (tbc). Tudor is from DeClic, which is one of the leading civil society action groups in Romania. Elisa is from the European Citizens Action Group (ECAS), which is a Brussels based not-for profit organisation that supports and develops mechanisms to increase citizen democratic participation. Tudor and Elisa are both experts in the field of online deliberation and democratic crowdsourcing and the workshop will be an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges to developing deliberation online; including learning from the Citizens' Assembly for the Renewal of Europe project that DeClic is a partner in.

Workshop 3 – ‘How to research Citizens' Assemblies’.

This will be led by Prof. Graham Smith and Dr Clodagh Harris. Graham is Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster. Clodagh is senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Government & Politics, University College Cork. They are leading experts in deliberative democracy and participatory democracy, and have organised and researched numerous projects using deliberative methods, such as the Irish Convention on the Constitution, and the Brexit Citizens' Assembly. This workshop will explore some of the different methodological approaches that have been adopted in Citizens' Assemblies and mini-publics research. It will focus on 'internal' and 'external' strategies of analysis; and what happens in the Citizens' Assembly and the relationship of the Citizens' Assembly to the broader political system.

15.25 – 16.10 Panel B – Looking to the future of Citizens' Assemblies

Dr Brett Hennig, Sortition Foundation and Open Democracy – ‘How to get from elections to sortition’

Prof. Richard Youngs, Carnegie Europe – ‘Citizens' Assemblies in the EU democratic future’

Laura Sullivan, Executive Director, WeMove Europe

16.10 – 16.20 – Future plans and Conclusion

Conference dinner is open to all participants and there is no charge.


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