Upcoming Event: “Deliberation in practice: the use of mini-publics in contemporary democracies”

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street

November 2 2012


An event organised by We the Citizens, in cooperation with the Royal Irish Academy and the G1000 (Belgium)

This event is designed to coincide with the establishment of the Irish government’s constitutional convention.  This is the first time an Irish government has involved ordinary citizens in discussions about constitutional reform.  Mini-publics may be a relatively new phenomenon to Ireland, but their use is quite widespread in a number of other countries, such as the Icelandic constitutional council, the British Columbia citizens’ assembly, the Dutch citizens’ forum, or the Belgian G1000 citizen summit.  This event aims at reviewing these and other examples of deliberation in practice.

The participants include some of the world’s leading experts in the field:

  • Ken Carty (University of British Columbia) – the academic director of the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly (Canada)
  • Henk van der Kolk (University of Twente) – the academic director of the Dutch Bürgerforum
  • Erikur Bergmann (Bifrost University) – former member of the Icelandic Constitutional Council
  • Didier Caluwaerts (VrijeUniversiteitBrussel, Belgique), Min Reuchamps (Universitécatholique de Louvain, Belgique), Peter Vermeersch (University of Leuven) – members of the academic team of the G1000 citizen summit (Belgium)
  • David Farrell (UCD), Eoin O’Malley (DCU) and Jane Suiter (DCU) – members of the academic team of We the Citizens (Ireland)
  • Other academics specializing in the study of deliberation, including: André Bächtiger (Universität Luzern), Gemma Carney (NUIG), Patrick Fournier (University of Montreal), Clodagh Harris (UCC), Kaisa Herne (Turku University), Gerry Stoker (Southampton University)

To register, please contact Claudia Saba claudia.saba@ucdconnect.ie

For more information, David Farrell David.Farrell@ucd.ie


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