From supporting research to running political campaigns, our students are leading the human rights agenda.

Anti Racism Working Group

The Anti Racism Working Group seeks to build a learning community based on Angela Davis' idea that it is "not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist." The group hope to share resources on how to be anti-racist, as well as build a community to share thoughts and experiences. It also aims to encourage the University to decolonise its curriculum and to have more BME employees within departments. Both staff and students are welcome to join the group. For further information please email

The group was co-founded by students Melissa Williams, Alicia Easley, and James Lewis with support from Dr Alice Nah, Dr Susan Forde and Dr Jeremy Moulton.

Student video in recognition of 16 Days of Activism

Our students have put together a video in recognition of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Day. They express how inequality contributes to gender-based violence and shapes the decisions women and girls make in their communities. "The video also expresses what we hope to see in the world: #GenerationEquality", says Nabila Okino, student of the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice.

Human rights placements

Through our masters courses, our students forge close relationships with organisations to develop and deliver a project with impact. Their experience mirrors a classic human rights mission. Past projects have included drafting a legal brief for women’s groups to obtain standing in proceedings in a Malaysian court and developing human rights indicators for the York: Human Rights City. Read more about our human rights placements

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia