First Session, May 19, 2021: 3-5pm CET / 9am-1pm ET

The perspective of the stakeholders of the Citizens’ Convention for Climate (CCC)

Chair: Hélène Landemore (Associate Professor of Political Science at Yale University)

Moderator: Sophie Guillain, Executive director, Partner of Res publica

Screening of selected scenes from Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary on the Convention (3 min)


  • Eloïse (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Jean-Pierre (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Mélanie Blanchetot (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Mélanie Cosnier (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Claire Burlet (citizen, member of the CCC, in break-out rooms)
  • Muriel Pivard (citizen, member of the CCC, in break-out rooms)
  • Cyril Dion (witness of the CCC – author & screenwriter)
  • Thierry Pech (Co-president of the ruling committee of the CCC – Head of Terra Nova)
  • Gilles-Laurent Rayssac (coordinator of the CCC – President of Res publica)
  • Sébastien Treyer (member of the CCC’s support group – Head of the IDDRI)
  • Marine Fleury (member of the CCC’s forensic support group – lecturer of public law)
  • Marc Fesneau (minister of relations with the Parliament and Citizen participation)


  • 3pm CET / 9am ET: Opening remarks and introduction – Hélène Landemore and Gilles-Laurent Rayssac (10 minutes)
  • Selected scenes from Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s documentary on the Citizen’s Convention on Climate (5 minutes)
  • 3:15pm CET / 9:15am ET: Stakeholders’ interventions
  • 3:50pm CET / 9:50am ET: Intervention of the citizens members of the CCC
  • 4:20pm CET / 10:20am ET: Dialogue with the audience
  • 5:30pm CET / 11:30am ET: Group work (by language) around the question: what can we learn from this experiment? (30 minutes)
  • 6:10pm CET / 12:10pm ET: Each group shares their ideas (45 minutes / 1 or 2 idées per group, depending on the number of participants)
  • 6:40pm CET / 12:40pm ET: Marc Fesneau French Minister in chare of relations with Parliament and Citizen participation
  • 6:50pm CET / 12:50pm ET: Conclusion of the first session – Hélène Landemore
  • 7pm CET / 1:00 pm ET: End of the first session

Second Session – May 20, 2021, 3-7pm CET / 9am-1pm ET

The perspectives of the observers

Chair: Jane Mansbridge (Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government)

Moderator: Gilles-Laurent Rayssac, President of Res publica


  • Adrien Fabre (researcher at the Paris school of economics): “Who are the Citizens of the Convention for Climate?”/ “Who are the citizens of the French Convention for Climate?”
  • Jean-Michel Fourniau (Research Directod at the IFSTTAR): “Gouverner une assemblée citoyenne? Retour sur le rôle du comité de gouvernance de la CCC”/ “Governing a Citizens’ Assembly. Analysis of the role of the CCC’s governance committee”
  • Louis-Gaëtan Giraudet (researcher at the CIRED) et Hélène Guillemot (researcher at the Alexandre Koyré Centre: IFRIS): “The relationship between experts and citizens in the proposals of the group ‘Housing’ of the CCC”
  • Simon Baeckelandt (doctoral student, University of Lille) and Dimitri Courant (doctoral student, University of Lausanne & CRESPA): “L’impartialité introuvable? Influences légitimes et illégitimes au sein de la CCC”/ “Impartiality not found? (Il)Legitimacy of influences in the CCC”
  • Christiane Rafidinarivo (Associate Professor of Political Science, International Relations and Geopolitics at the Institute of Political Studies of Madagascar / LCF UR / CEVIFOP Sciences Po) : “Le tirage au sort fait-il justice épistémique? Le cas des citoyens ultramarins comme législateurs dans l’espace public politique de la Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat”/ “Does Random Selection Do Epistemic Justice? The Case of Ultra-Marine Citizens as Legislators in the political space of the CCC”
  • Eric Buge (French Council of State): “Did the citizens of the Citizens’ Climate Convention work as legislators?”
  • Léo Cohen (member of the CCC’s ruling committee, independent consultant): “Le citoyen législateur, complément indispensable à une démocratie représentative rénovée?”/ “The citizen legislator, an indispensable complement to a renovated representative democracy?”
  • Hélène Landemore (Associate Professor of Political Science, with Tenure, Yale University): “Can citizens make the law? Evidence from the French CCC”
  • Mie Inouye (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bard College) and Vatsal Naresh (Co-editor of Constituent Assemblies and Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism)

Panel of Citizens:

  • Amandine Roggeman (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • William Aucant (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Guy Kulitza (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Claire Morcant (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Tristan Dourouguin (citizen, member of the CCC)


  • 3pm CET / 9am ET: Introduction to the second session (5 minutes)
  • 3:05pm CET / 9:05am ET: Summary of the researchers’ findings and observations (8 x 10 minutes)
  • 4:25pm CET / 10:25am ET: Dialogue with the audience (15 minutes)
  • 4:40pm CET / 10:40 am ET: The panel of citizens comments on the researchers’ findings and observations (4 x 5 minutes)
  • 5:00pm CET / 11:00 am ET: Dialogue with the audience (20 minutes)
  • 5:20pm CET / 11:20 am ET: Open Debate (90 minutes)
  • 6:50pm CET / 12:50 pm ET: Conclusion of the second session – Jane Mansbridge
  • 7:00pm CET / 1:00 pm ET: End of the second session

Third Session – May 21, 2021, 12-4pm CET / 6am-10am ET

International Comparisons and Perspectives

Chair: Graham Smith (Westminster University)

Moderation: Sophie Guillain, Executive director, Partner of Res publica


  • Audrey Tang: Intervention on vTaiwan
  • David Farell: intervention on the Irish and Scottish citizen assemblies
  • Jane Suiter: on the Irish citizen assemblies
  • Bjørn Bested: intervention on the Danish citizen assembly
  • Claire Mellier-Wilson: intervention on the British citizen assembly and the Global Climate Assembly
  • Pratap Bhanu Mehta: intervention on the general principle of citizen-legislators

Panel of Citizens:

  • Alexia (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Agnès Catoire (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Pascal Beulk (citizen, member of the CCC)
  • Jean-Michel Deninis (citizen, member of the CCC)


  • 12pm CET / 6am ET: Introduction to the third session (5 minutes)
  • 12:15pm CET / 6:15am ET: keynote address by Audrey Tang: What role can citizen assemblies play in a process such as vTaiwan? (10 minutes)
  • 12:25pm CET / 6:25am ET: introduction to different citizen assemblies (Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, the U.K., and France) – each presentation is followed by 10 minutes of Q&A (5 x 20 minutes)
  • 2:05pm CET / 8:05am ET: General Debate – In light of these experiences, what are the main takeaways to remember in order to organize an ideal citizen assembly? (55 minutes)
  • 3pm CET / 9:00 am ET: General Debate – What are the 5 main conditions for a citizen assembly to be successful? (35 minutes)
  • 3:35pm CET / 9:35 am ET: Conclusion of the third session – Graham Smith (10 minutes)
  • 3:45pm CET / 9:45 am ET: Conclusion of the Conference – Hélène Landemore with John Gastil and Gilles-Laurent Rayssac
  • 4pm CET / 10:00 am ET: End of the Conference


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