About Peter Maybarduk

Peter Maybarduk with his guitar

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.  And follow him @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 high-price pharmaceutical monopolies in order to promote access to medicines for all. Maybarduk provides strategic and technical assistance to partners on every continent. He is an intellectual property expert. Maybarduk’s 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. 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 Wall Street Journal, The Times of India, The Washington Post, The Guardian and other major papers.

Composer | Performer

Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He has released three albums, the latest of which is A Ring Around the Atlantic (2012), 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.

contact: maybarduk (at) gmail . com