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 York, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and Cape Town 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.


Martin Jones delivers EFRR refugree protection conference keynote
Developing national mechanisms for the protection of refugees and migrants in Egypt

Posted on Monday 17 October 2016

On October 16th, Martin Jones delivered the opening address at a national conference on "national Mechanisms for the Protection of refugees and migrants" organised by the Egyptian Foundation for Refugee Rights (EFRR) in Cairo.

CAHR resarcher Dr Simon Robins is awarded an ESRC IAA GCRF award

Posted on Tuesday 13 September 2016

Dr Simon Robins has been awareded an ESRC IAA GCRF award to address the issue of disappearance in Nepal.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in the summer 2016 edition of CAHRnews no;5 (PDF  , 1,127kb)

and in the Newsletter Archive.



Turning Rights Into Reality for Refugees: Lessons from Practice

Emily Arnold-Fernández will use Asylum Access, a leading global refugee human rights organization, as a case study in illuminating and analyzing the effectiveness of various strategies for actualizing refugees' human rights.


Learning from HRDs: Environmental conflicts, extractive industries and human rights in Colombia

Launching this autumn's Learning from HRDs lecture series, human rights lawyer Johana Rocha Gomez addresses human rights in the context of environmental conflict and extractive industries in Colombia.


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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