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

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.


Extended deadline for CAHR 2019/20 postgraduate scholarships

Posted on Thursday 23 May 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? Extended deadline for applications 7 June 2019.

CAHR pays tribute to alumnus Samuel Pegram

Posted on Tuesday 12 March 2019

CAHR alumnus 2017/18 Samuel Pegram passed away in the Ethiopian Airlines accident on Sunday 10 March.

CAHR newsletter

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

CAHRnews Spring 2019 (No 9) (PDF , 2,430kb)

Catch up with previous newsletters in the Newsletter Archive.



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 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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