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


Mediterranean migrant crisis: York academics awarded funding for urgent projects

Posted on Tuesday 15 September 2015

Two human rights experts from the University of York have been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Urgency Call for proposals related to the Mediterranean migration crisis.

Two new posts open at CAHR HRD Hub

Posted on Friday 28 August 2015

CAHR wishes to appoint a Research Associate and a Research Administrator, funded by the Open Society Foundation, to support its new Human Rights Defender Hub.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in the summer 2015 edition of CAHRnews no: 4 (PDF  , 752kb)

and in the Newsletter Archive.



Realities of an unrecognized conflict situation in Northeast India

Bondita Acharya from Assam, India, kicks off CAHR's Learning from Human Rights Defenders lecture series this autumn.


Learning from HRDs autumn lecture series

CAHR's Learning from Human Rights Defenders autumn lecture series starts on 16 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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