4 November 2014 (10.30-12.30) - Room 11 – Palais de l’Europe, Interpretation: FR/EN


In a Citizens Jury, a randomly selected panel mirroring the composition of the general public meets to deliberate on a public policy issue and to develop common-ground solutions. Is this model of deliberative democracy a solid opportunity for youth to co-decide and does it offer an alternative to traditional representation? 

Citizen’s Jury, newDemocracy Foundation, Australia

In April 2013, the newDemocracy Foundation was appointed by the South Australian Premier to conduct a Citizens Jury linked to alcohol related violence. In all spheres of government, it can occur that good decisions don’t get made for fear of the political cost through a vox pop response. The Citizens Jury, comprised of randomly selected citizens not affiliated to a party, not up for re-election, and not linked to lobbyists has the power to act as a final filter to ensure worthwhile policy options have the chance to be publicly considered. Critically, the level of authority agreed to by the Premier will see the recommendations go directly to Cabinet as well as being tabled, verbatim, in Parliament.

Website: http://www.newdemocracy.com.au/


Ms Amelia LOYE, Australia, Managing Director, Engage2

For more than a dozen years Amelia Loye has worked for governments in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand engaging stakeholders and citizens in policy development, planning and legislative reform. As a social scientist Amelia uses engagement to collect input, integrating digital tools to support participatory and deliberative democracy online, analyse the data collected and manage relationships generated. Through this work Amelia drives democratic reform and organisation change across Government to ensure citizens have a voice in the process and so decision makers can understand and consider social issues and impacts.


Mr Iain WALKER, Australia, Executive Director of the newDemocracy Foundation

Iain Walker is the Executive Director of The newDemocracy Foundation (nDF), an Australian not-for-profit, non-partisan and non-issue based research group which researches, operates and funds practical trials of innovations in democratic structures. By combining the three elements of random selection, the provision of time and access to all information, and independently facilitated forums for dialogue, a much more robust and publicly trusted outcome can be obtained which can assist Governments in achieving public acceptance of hard tradeoffs. nDF’s research and advocacy is focused on identifying less adversarial and more inclusive public decision making processes.



Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Ms Iulia MOTOC, Romania, Judge at the European Court for Human Rights and Professor at the University of Bucharest

Iulia Motoc is Judge at the European Court for Human Rights and Professor at the University of Bucharest.  She was judge  at the Constitutional Court of Romania (2010-2013) and  the Vice-Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee. Before taking her position at the Constitutional Court, she worked with the United Nations, as Special Rapporteurfor Human Rights and Genetics, Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in the DRC, and President of several Working Groups and Subcommissions. She has taught at the European Institute in Florence, the New York University Law School, and the Saint Thomas University in Miami. She has published extensively in the fields of international law and international human rights law.

Mr Beat ROHNER, Switzerland, Executive Board Member of the Assembly of European Regions and President of the Youth Regional Network

In 2004, Beat Rohner was elected as a Board Member of the Youth Parliament St. Gallen (Switzerland). Additionally he became active in the organizing committee of the Lake Constance Youth Summit in 2005 and 2008. This is the biggest political youth event in the Lake Constance area with more than one thousand participants. Together with 90 other young Europeans he had the honour to found the AER Youth Regional Network in Wiesbaden in 2008. This now is the biggest network of regional Youth Parliaments, Youth Councils and Youth Associations in Europe. In autumn 2011 Beat Rohner got elected as Head of Youth Committee on Education and Culture and Vice-President of the AER Youth Regional Network (YRN). One year later the delegates elected him as president of YRN.