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.


CAHR & YLS are recruiting a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Rights Law

Posted on Friday 28 April 2017

York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) are seeking to appoint an outstanding legal scholar to a Lectureship/Senior Lectureship in Human Rights Law.

CAHR offers scholarships to new students in 2017-18

Posted on Tuesday 4 April 2017

CAHR offers two scholarships to new postgraduate students starting on the MA in Applied Human Rights and the LLM in International Human Rights Law & Practice in September 2017.

CAHR newsletter

CAHR newsletter

Read more about activities at CAHR in the spring 2017 edition of CAHRnews no:6 (PDF  , 2,003kb)

and in the Newsletter Archive.


Discover postgraduate study at York. Social Sciences Virtual Open Day. 7 June, 3 - 5pm BST. Ask us questions and chat with other students. Register now.


Championing 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)

York Human Rights City Network works for social justice at a local level in York: read more in the York Human Rights Indicator Baseline Report (2016) (PDF  , 975kb)

York Human Rights City Network Indicator Baseline Report


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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