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


Martin Jones
CAHR staff to give keynote address at Refugee Law Judges Conference

Posted on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Martin Jones has been invited to give a keynote address on October 22nd in Tunis at the 10th World Conference of the International Association for Refugee Law Judges.

Solidarity and condolences for Kenyan HRD

Posted on Friday 3 October 2014

Human rights defenders on the CAHR's Protective Fellowship Scheme express solidarity and condolences on the occassion of the burial of Kenyan human rights defender Humphrey Kimani Ndengwa.

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)



Belarusian LGBTQ movements/initiatives: within the bounds of oppression and irrecognition

Katsiaryna Borsuk from "GayBelarus" will discuss the development of the LGBTQ movement in Belarus in the past 20 years.


BIHR Human Rights Tour in York

The British Institute of Human Rights in partnership with CAHR and York Human Rights City Network present the Human Rights Tour 2014 in York.



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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