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.


Overseas Fieldwork Reports "Just show them that we have feelings" – Reflections on the representation of migrant children's stories

Posted on Tuesday 2 August 2016

In September 2015 the name and image of Alan Kurdi became an enigma. The three-year old boy, drowned in the Mediterranean and washed ashore, became a heart-wrenching emblem of the devastating effects (forced) migration can have on children in the light of increasingly inhumane border controls and exclusionary migration policies.

Defending Human Rights online distance learning course

Posted on Thursday 21 July 2016

Interested in developing your career in human rights?

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.



Shrinking Space for Human Rights and Civil Society

The Human Rights Defender Hub is hosting a documentary film show and panel discussion.


Learning from HRDs autumn lecture series launches

CAHR's "Learning from human rights defenders" autumn lecture series launches in October.


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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