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 staff interviewed by BBC on refugee crisis

Posted on Tuesday 19 May 2015

CAHR staff have been interviewed by the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and in Southeast Asia by BBC Radio York and BBC One Breakfast respectively.

Protection and HRDs panel
Protecting Human Rights Defenders: Learning across Development, Humanitarianism and Human Rights

Posted on Friday 8 May 2015

On Tuesday the 5th May CAHR hosted a one-day workshop on Risk and Protection supported by a grant from the Open Society Foundations Human Rights Initiative.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in the winter/spring 2015 edition of CAHRnews no:3 (PDF  , 1,110kb)

and in the Newsletter Archive.




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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