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 Director gives keynote address at British Academy symposium

Posted on Friday 12 September 2014

CAHR Director Professor Paul Gready gave the keynote address at an AHRC sponsored symposium on Culture, Conflict and Post-Conflict at the British Academy in London, 10-11 September 2014.

CAHR secures major research grant to support participatory transitional justice process in Tunisia

Posted on Thursday 24 July 2014

CAHR is delighted to have secured a major, two-year research grant (Euro 260,000) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research programme on Security and Rule of Law in Fragile and Conflict Affected Settings.

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)



The plight of women workers in the informal settlements of Nairobi

CAHR's Learning from Human Rights Defenders lecture series 2014/15 is opened by grassroots activist and woman human rights defender Ruth Mumbi from Nairobi, Kenya.


Learning from HRDs lecture series

CAHR's visiting human rights defenders will speak about their work during the autumn term lecture series.



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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