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 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 defeat 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. Maybarduk’s analysis and advocacy have been instrumental in developing widespread opposition to harmful measures in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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 diplomat and a social worker. His prior work includes ethnography among the Warao of Venezuela’s Orinoco river delta and organizing campaigns for voting rights and living wages, among others. Maybarduk studied 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.