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.

Postgraduate open day

Thursday 18 February, 12 - 2pm

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


Marshall Partnership Scholarship Scheme

Posted on Tuesday 9 February 2016

The YGRS wishes to remind departments about the Marshall Partnership Scholarship Scheme. These prestigious scholarships, awarded to citizens of the United States of America, are for graduate study in any subject at either Masters or Doctoral level at specific UK universities, including the University of York.

PhD Scholarship: Rights-based Alternatives in International Development

Posted on Friday 5 February 2016

This research will be part of an exciting partnership between the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) and ActionAid focusing on rights-based development alternatives. A successful White Rose DTC ESRC Collaborative Studentship application means that CAHR is offering a full home/EU PhD scholarship in this field.

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.



CAHR postgraduate student open day

Meet our academics and hear about our two postgraduate programmes in human rights.


Public launch of CAHR's Human Rights Defender Hub

The newly established Human Rights Defender Hub at the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), University of York, is pleased to announce the participation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders at the official launch of the Hub.


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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