Michael Talbot directs the University’s initiatives in Mexico. In that capacity, he provides leadership for the University’s initiatives in Mexico and serves as liaison to partner universities, government offices, non-profit organizations, alumni, and others in the region. He also serves as a resource for Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students studying in Mexico. Prior to this position, he supported the founding of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and served as the first Associate Director for its Master of Global Affairs program.
Talbot’s research focuses on issues connected to international human rights law, transitional justice, integral human development, and the interface between international legal frameworks and traditional practices. His publications have appeared in Georgetown Journal of International Law, Harvard Human Rights Law Journal, South Carolina Journal of Internal Law & Business, and elsewhere. He has taught courses in international human rights, transitional justice, and applied social ethics.
As an attorney Talbot has worked on issues related to housing defense, criminal defense, and non-profit law. His professional experiences prior to Notre Dame included a fellowship with the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and work with the South Carolina Non-Profit Organizations Clinic. In addition, Talbot served with the U.S. Peace Corps in The Gambia, where he coordinated nation-wide initiatives related to malaria prevention and HIV/AIDS education, and as a mediator with the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, IN.
Talbot holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Notre Dame, a JD from the University of South Carolina, a MA from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and a BA from the Catholic University of America.