About Peter Maybarduk

Peter Maybarduk, February 2014


Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based human rights lawyer and a songwriter. Read his piece about reducing medicine prices in The New York Times and his op-ed with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Listen to his third album, “A Ring Around The Atlantic” and recent singles.


Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s access to medicines and knowledge economy group, which helps partners around the world overcome high-price pharmaceutical monopolies and secure the benefits of science, technology and culture for all. Maybarduk is an intellectual property expert and presently a visiting fellow with the Information Society Program at Yale Law School. Maybarduk’s work has yielded HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. His analysis and advocacy have been instrumental in developing widespread opposition to harmful measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. Maybarduk’s work for public health and an open knowledge economy has been covered in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Times of India, The Washington Post, The Guardian and other major papers. Read Public Citizen’s recent profile of Maybarduk and his work.

Composer | Performer

Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He has released three albums, including A Ring Around the Atlantic (2012), and a recent single, Meet Me in the Star Field (2014), produced by J. Robbins. Maybarduk’s frequently introspective songs include post-punk rockers (Touched By Fire) and playful electronic compositions (Siddhartha on his Raft). Cellist Gordon Withers noted that several of Peter’s songs, such as Messages Across the Atlantic, bridge rock and classical music.View Peter’s music promotional sheet here.


Maybarduk was born in Mexico City on the 4th of July to an American economist diplomat and a social worker. His prior work includes ethnography in South America’s Orinoco river delta and organizing campaigns for voting rights and living wages, among others. Maybarduk studied technology law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is the co-founder of International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world’s least developed countries.

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