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Centre for Applied Human Rights

‌‌‌HRDs and students at the Hub

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

‌‌‌United Nations in New York

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

‌‌‌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


‌‌Three girls walking on campus

Small class sizes enhance the learning environment

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 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.


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 YHRC Indicator report 2019 (PDF , 3,653kb)


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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