About Peter Maybarduk

Peter Maybarduk with his guitar

Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer. Read his piece about the impact of President Obama’s trade policy in the New York Times and his op-ed with Congressman Raul Grijalva. Check out his third album, “A Ring Around The Atlantic” on bandcamp. And be sure to follow him on Twitter @maybarduk for more about the “unprecedented campaign” he and colleagues are successfully waging against seemingly unbeatable deep-pocketed special interests.


Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s Global Access to Medicines Program, which helps developing countries overcome patent-based and other pharmaceutical monopolies in order to promote access to medicines for all. Maybarduk has provided in-depth and in-person technical and strategic assistance to partners on every continent. His work has yielded major HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state access to medicines policies and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. Maybarduk’s analysis and advocacy have been instrumental in developing widespread opposition to measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership that would harm public interests including health and internet freedom.

Public WORK | Studies

Maybarduk has co-founded and coordinated several volunteer-run advocacy and assistance groups, including International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world’s least developed countries. He studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Composer | Performer

Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He has released three albums and performs regularly in the District of Columbia and wherever work or other travels take him.


Maybarduk was born in Mexico City on the 4th of July to an American diplomat and a social worker. He has lived or worked in more than two dozen countries and across the United States, from a reform school in rural Maine to law school in Berkeley, California, where he fronted indie rock trio Last Clear Chance. Some of his prior projects include conducting ethnography among the Warao of Venezuela’s Orinoco River delta and organizing campaigns for student voting rights and living wages, among others.


In Darker Days Maybarduk sings,

I only want to be of use. To protect a people or an idea.

Many of his songs wrestle with the challenges of creating both personal and political change.


Maybarduk’s songs include post-punk rockers (Touched By Fire) and playful electronic compositions (Siddhartha on his Raft), among others. Cellist Gordon Withers noted that several of Peter’s songs, such as Messages Across the Atlantic, seem to bridge rock and classical music.