Centre for Applied Human Rights

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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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GCRF/ESRC research grant investigates the Law of Asylum in the Middle East and Asia

‌‌Students and HRDs chatting outside the Hub

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 Defender Hub

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 researchers and students take lead on landmark UN report

Posted on Friday 17 August 2018

IN OCTOBER the UN General Assembly will consider a landmark Global Survey describing the situation of human rights defenders in more than 140 states.

HRD Hub - new working paper published

Posted on Tuesday 15 May 2018

The HRD Hub's latest working paper has been published - ‘Making’ the Territory: The Spatial Politics of Peasant Communities.

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.



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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