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


CAHR to facilitate discussion on clinical legal education on refugee law in Malaysia

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

Martin Jones will facilitate a workshop at Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur on December 1st.

Meet CAHR staff at the University's virtual open days

Posted on Friday 14 November 2014

Chat to CAHR staff and other students at the University's Postgraduate Virtual Open Days on 26 November.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in 2013-14 in the first edition of CAHRnews (PDF  , 1,526kb)
and about spring/summer 2014 activities in CAHRnews no:2 (PDF  , 1,036kb)



Working for social justice in Brazil

Two prominent social justice activists and human rights defenders discuss the current state of human rights in Brazil, focusing on São Paulo and Paraíba.


Empowering women and girls through theatre in Afghanistan

The Artistic Director of Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art discusses making films, TV series, and plays for the promotion on women's and human rights in Afghanistan.



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.

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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