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

Cairo cityscape

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 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 students featured in The Press news on major women's event in York

Posted on Friday 14 December 2018

TODAY CAHR students participate in a major women's event taking place in St Helen's Square, York.

Johnny Rebours, MA alumnus 2015/6 participates in Cycling4Gaza fundraiser
CAHR alumnus fundraises for Cycling4Gaza

Posted on Thursday 8 November 2018

In October 2018, MA in Applied Human Rights 2015/16 alumnus Johnny Rebours took on the challenge of cycling from Boston to New York City in just four days.

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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