York researchers are concerned with the rights of all groups suffering inequality, and the protection of those who defend these rights throughout the world.

Our work on human rights ranges from the development and critique of theories of rights - through empirical quantitative and qualitative analysis - to influencing change in laws, regulation, policy, practice and public debate. 

Our social scientists and humanities researchers explore human rights, citizenship, human migration, and rights within legal systems.

Explore the departments, research centres and groups working in this area: 


Research centres and groups