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.

Social Sciences postgraduate Virtual Open Day. 22 November, 3 - 5pm. Register now.


Human Rights Tulip
CAHR fellows alumni nominated for Dutch Human Rights Tulip

Posted on Wednesday 23 August 2017

Two of CAHR's former visiting human rights defenders have been nominated for the Dutch government's prestigious Human Rights Tulip award.

Emerging research at CAHR on art, creative activism and development alternatives

Posted on Thursday 3 August 2017

CAHR PhD student Ruth Kelly discusses the research partnership between ActionAid and CAHR.

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.



CAHR 10th Anniversary

The Centre for Applied Human Rights is celebrating its 10th anniversary from 24th until 27th January 2018 with a number of events across the University and the City of York.


Arts, Activism and Research Workshop

From 25th to 26th January CAHR will be hosting a workshop under the auspices of the Human Rights Defender Hub on the arts and human rights research.


York: Human Rights City

York human rights city logo

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 Indicator Baseline Report (2016) (PDF  , 975kb)


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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