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


York Minster
Continued funding for York Human Rights City Network

Posted on Tuesday 15 April 2014

The York Human Rights City Network, an innovative city-based human rights initiative, has received continued funding for another three years from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

CAHR students facilitate police training

Posted on Monday 14 April 2014

At the end of March, a group of CAHR MA and LLM students facilitated a training day for North Yorkshire Police on racial equality awareness, under the auspices of the Human Rights City Network.




CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter winter 2014

Read more about activities at CAHR in 2013-14 in the first edition of CAHRnews (PDF  , 1,526kb).


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

CAHR brochure

CAHR brochure

For more information about the MA, LLM and PhD programmes taught at CAHR, download the CAHR brochure (PDF  , 449kb).

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