Centre for Applied Human Rights

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UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs' new World Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (December 2018) was supported by CAHR

HRDs and students at the Hub

Human rights defenders on the Protective Fellowship Scheme engage with students in class

Students walking on Helsington East Campus

Masters students work with local NGOs during fieldwork placements in York, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and Cape Town South Africa

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Small class sizes enhance the learning environment

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CAHR is a friendly community of scholars, practitioners and students

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

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 offers two scholarships for 2019/20

Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2019

Have you applied to study with us at the Centre for Applied Human Rights in the academic year 2019/20 and hold a conditional or unconditional offer?

Martin Jones speaking at the "The Emerging Narrative of Forced Migration in South Asia" in Delhi on 10 January 2019.
CAHR hosts conference on refugee protection in Delhi

Posted on Tuesday 15 January 2019

Martin Jones chaired and spoke on a panel at a national conference on refugee law in New Delhi (India) this week.

CAHR newsletter

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Read more about what goes on at CAHR with the latest edition of our newsletter, CAHRnews:

CAHRnews Spring-Summer 2018 (No 8) (PDF  , 9,628kb)

Catch up with previous newsletters in the Newsletter Archive.



Engaging with Armed Groups to Enhance Their Respect of Humanitarian Norms: Mission Impossible?

Ezequiel Heffes, Thematic Legal Adviser for Geneva Call, will speak about his experiences of engaging a variety of non-state armed groups in humanitarian dialogue.


Learning from HRDs: Executions in Belarus - Conveyor of death in the heart of Europe

Death penalty abolition campaigner Andrei Paluda discusses what human rights defenders do to end capital punishment.


York: Human Rights City

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York was declared the UK's first Human Rights City in April 2017. The network behind 'York: Human Rights City' works for social justice at a local level in York. Read more on recent work in the York Human Rights 2nd Indicator Report (2017) (PDF  , 3,340kb)


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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