Sam Pegram Human Rights Placement Award

News | Posted on Tuesday 5 July 2022

The Sam Pegram Human Rights Placement Award celebrates the life and honours the memory of Sam Pegram, our CAHR alumnus, who died tragically in the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Human Rights Placements are flagship modules on the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice and the MA in Applied Human Rights. They offer our students hands-on experience of working together with partners over two terms on a practice-oriented human rights project. Drawing on extensive desk-based research and fieldwork, the 2021/22 students have produced exceptional projects outputs!

The Sam Pegram Human Rights Placement Award recognises project outputs that shine through their commitment to reflexive human rights practice, seeking to centre the needs and voices of those involved in the struggle for human rights. In 2021/22, the award went to LLM students Sarah Burnard, Ruth Derib, Sam Haley, Brook Morrison and Sher Yenne Liew for their project developed in partnership with the York Human Rights City Network, and MA students Annie Smith, Bridie Lane-Williams, Grace Biglin and Ollie Mulcahy for their protect with Universities of Sanctuary.

We had the great honour and pleasure to welcome Debbie and Mark Pegram at this year's award ceremony. They told us about their efforts to continue Sam's legacy through the Sam Pegram Humanitarian Fund, and how one of last year's awardees has been supporting them to set up the planned refugee hosting centre in Amman.