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


Former CAHR Doctoral Student Publishes Journal Article

Posted on Thursday 16 April 2015

Matthew Evans, who did both his MA and PhD at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, recently published an article based on his doctoral work in the Journal of Human Rights.

CAHR students organise successful York Human Rights Film Festival

Posted on Monday 30 March 2015

Students on CAHR's MA and LLM programmes organised the York Human Rights Film Festival that runs under the auspices of the York Human Rights City Network.

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.



CAHR Postgraduate Open Day

Have you thought about a master's degree in human rights? Would you like to find out more?


Learning from HRDs: The use of law for human rights violations in Ethiopia

CAHR visiting fellow Tewodros Yalew discusses how law impacts on human rights violations in Ethiopia.



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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