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


New special issue on the security and protection of HRDs released

Posted on Wednesday 28 October 2015

CAHR together with Amnesty International and the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute (London Metropolitan University) release a special issue on the security and protection of human rights defenders in the International Journal of Human Rights.

Victim participation in Tunisia's transitional justice process - report published

Posted on Thursday 22 October 2015

CAHR together with Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center and Impunity Watch have launched their first report on the Transitional Justice Barometer project.

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.



Critical Perspectives on the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders

CAHR together with AI and HRSJ launch a Special Issue in the International Journal of Human Rights in conjunction with the Human Rights Researcher's Network and the visit of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Michel Forst.


Learning from HRDs: Sorcery related violence in Papua New Guinea

Human rights defender Monica Paulus discusses defending the rights of people faced with sorcery allegations in the Papua New Guinean highlands.


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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