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 fourth album, “Pacifica.”


Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s access to medicines and knowledge economy group, which works with partners worldwide to make medicine affordable and secure the benefits of technology and culture for all. Maybarduk’s technical and strategic assistance has contributed to many new state health and technology policies and strengthened networks of people working together across borders to protect public interests. He helped eliminate life-threatening measures from the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and played a key role in its ultimate defeat. Currently, Maybarduk and his colleagues are shaping legislation and strategy in the U.S. drug pricing and digital privacy debates. His 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. Maybarduk is an intellectual property expert and an affiliate fellow with the Information Society Program at Yale Law School. 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 profile of Maybarduk.

Composer | Performer

Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He has released four albums, including Pacifica (2019) and A Ring Around the Atlantic (2012), produced by J. Robbins. Maybarduk’s frequently introspective songs include post-punk rockers (Touched By Fire), electronic compositions (Siddhartha on his Raft), and songs that bridge classical and rock music (Messages Across the Atlantic). He writes about transience, justice, loss, dignity and meaning, and arranges field recordings into his music. Several of Maybarduk’s songs have placed in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. 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.

contact: maybarduk (at) gmail . com.

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