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.
Lawyer | ADVOCATE
Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s access to medicines and knowledge economy group, which helps people around the world overcome high-price pharmaceutical monopolies and secure the benefits of science, technology and culture for all. Maybarduk has provided technical assistance to international organizations and to public agencies and community groups in more than three dozen countries. He is an intellectual property expert and a visiting fellow with the Information Society Program at Yale Law School. Maybarduk’s work has yielded HIV/AIDS medicine price reductions, new state policies promoting access to medicines and global shifts toward anti-counterfeiting policies that safeguard generic competition. His strategy and analysis helped eliminate many life-threatening measures from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and played a key role in its ultimate defeat. Maybarduk’s work 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. He studied technology law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. Read Public Citizen’s recent profile of Maybarduk.
Composer | Performer
Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He has released three albums, including A Ring Around the Atlantic (2012) and 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). He writes about transience, justice, loss, dignity and meaning, and arranges field recordings into his music. 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. 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.