'The French Citizens Convention for the Climate: a reassessment'

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Lecture by Mathilde Imer, one of the main initiators of the Convention.

Discussants: Erica Hope (Director of the Governance Programme at  European Climate Foundation) and Graham Smith (Chair of KNOCA and Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy)

Conveners:  Maison française d’Oxford and Paris Lumières University

Chaired by Yves Sintomer (MFO)


One year after the end of the French Citizens' Convention for the Climate (CCC), at a time when the COP 26 meets in Glasgow, what analysis can be made of this event? Are citizens' assemblies a legitimate and efficient way of facing the climate crises? What was and what could be the role of randomly selected bodies in politics? What was the specificity of the French CCC compared with the English or the Scottish Citizens' assemblies for the climate, or with the Irish citizens' assemblies? These questions will be discussed by one of the leading initiators of the CCC, Mathilde Imer, by Erica HopeDirector of the European Climate Foundation, and by Graham Smith (University of Westminster), a leading scholar on randomly selected mini-publics and the chair of KNOCA (Knowledge Network On Climate Assemblies).