Centre for Applied Human Rights

Students and HRDs chatting outside the Hub

The CAHR is a friendly community of scholars, practitioners and students

Students walking on Helsington East Campus

Masters students work with local NGOs during overseas fieldwork placements in Malaysia and South Africa

Three girls walking on campus

Small class sizes enhance the learning environment

Cairo cityscape

Major research grant to investigate Transformative Justice in Tunisia and Egypt (PDF  , 80kb) following the Arab spring

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Human Rights, a unique teaching and research environment focused around the role of human rights defenders in the modern human rights system.

Practice-based teaching

  • Postgraduate courses built around human rights practice
  • Fieldwork in South Africa, Malaysia and the UK in our Masters courses
  • MA, LLM and Postgraduate Certificate Programmes
  • MPhil/PhD research degrees
  • Distance learning and short course options available

Human Rights Defenders

Teaching draws on the international knowledge and experience of human rights defenders hosted at York.

Our Protective Fellowship Scheme makes a unique contribution in enhancing the sustainability of social activism.


Focused on applied research into:

  • human rights defenders at risk
  • refugee law and policy
  • transitional justice and legal empowerment
  • international development and the environment


Two new posts open at CAHR HRD Hub

Posted on Friday 28 August 2015

CAHR wishes to appoint a Research Associate and a Research Administrator, funded by the Open Society Foundation, to support its new Human Rights Defender Hub.

Research priming grant for new CAHR led project

Posted on Tuesday 25 August 2015

A University of York pump prime grant for a research project entitled 'Democracies in Transition: Austerity and Activism in Southern Europe' has been granted to CAHR's Director Paul Gready and colleagues from four University departments.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in the winter/spring 2015 edition of CAHRnews no:3 (PDF  , 1,110kb)

and in the Newsletter Archive.



Learning from HRDs autumn lecture series

CAHR's Learning from Human Rights Defenders autumn lecture series starts on 16 October.


Building female dignity and self reliance in the conflict zones of north west Pakistan

Khwendo Kor founder and CEO Maryam Bibi discusses Khwedo Kor's work in the highly volatile areas of north west Pakistan.



Social Justice

Social Justice booklet

Read more about CAHR's involvement in the University's research in Plotting a Research Path to Social Justice (PDF  , 2,056kb)


MA in Applied Human Rights and LLM in International Human Rights Law & Practice students talk about their experiences of studying at CAHR.

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