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 York, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and Cape Town 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.


CAHR awarded York's three first GCRF grants

Posted on Tuesday 20 December 2016

The Centre for Applied Human Rights has been awarded the University of York's three first grants from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

York Human Rights City Indicator Baseline report
York Human Rights Indicator Baseline Report launched

Posted on Monday 19 December 2016

On 8 December 2016, York Human Rights City Network (YHRCN) launched the first annual Human Rights Indicator Report at King's Manor.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in the summer 2016 edition of CAHRnews no;5 (PDF  , 1,127kb)

and in the Newsletter Archive.



Learning from HRDs: Working as a journalist in the media and human rights hostile environment of Ethiopia

A lecture by Ethiopian journalist Getachew Simie kicks off CAHR's Learning from HRDs lecture series in the spring term.


Learning from HRDs: The Human Rights Crisis in Burundi

Freelance journalist Marc Niyonkuru discusses the current human rights crisis in his native Burundi, and what this means for freedom of expression in the country.


Championing 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)

York Human Rights City Network works for social justice at a local level in York: read more in the York Human Rights Indicator Baseline Report (2016) (PDF  , 975kb)

York Human Rights City Network Indicator Baseline Report


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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