The International Scientific Committee
The International Scientific Committee for the Slave Route Project was established in September 1994 by UNESCO (27 C/Resolution 3.13 of the General Conference).
The role of this advisory body is to advise UNESCO on the implementation of the project, in particular with regard to the development of educational material and programmes,
research into various aspects of the slave trade and slavery and the formation of new partnerships to promote its objectives.
Initially composed of some 40 members, the Committee was restructured in 2005 following the recommendations of an external evaluation. New Statutes were drafted to make it more operational. It now has 20 members appointed by the Director-General. They represent not only the various disciplines (such as history, anthropology, archaeology, sociology and law) but also the various regions of the world (Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, the Indian Ocean, the Arab States and Asia).