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


What Responsibility to Rebuild? Conference on RtoP at CAHR

Posted on Friday 19 December 2014

CAHR is hosting an international conference on 12 January 2015 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Responsibility to Protect.

CAHR to facilitate discussion on clinical legal education on refugee law in Malaysia

Posted on Thursday 27 November 2014

Martin Jones will facilitate a workshop at Taylor's University in Kuala Lumpur on December 1st.

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)



Learning from HRDs: Empowering women and girls through theatre in Afghanistan

The Artistic Director of Simorgh Film Association of Culture and Art discusses making films, TV series, and plays for the promotion on women's and human rights in Afghanistan.


Learning from HRDs: Fighting against violence - Teaching peace to youth in Mexico and Yemen

CAHR visiting human rights defenders from Yemen and Mexico discuss combating violence in their local communities.



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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