About Peter Maybarduk

Peter Maybarduk, February 2014


Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based human rights lawyer and a songwriter. Watch him discuss COVID-19 treatment and vaccine access on CBS This Morning and Democracy Now! Listen to his fourth album, “Pacifica.”


Peter Maybarduk directs Public Citizen’s access to medicines and knowledge economy group, which helps partners worldwide secure the benefits of technology and culture for all. The group’s work has shaped major legislation and executive action to make medicine affordable and changed the course of international trade negotiations to protect health and digital rights. Today, Maybarduk and his colleagues are working to improve COVID-19 pandemic response and prevent a global vaccine apartheid.

Maybarduk has provided technical and strategic assistance to public agencies and civil society groups in dozens of countries since 2007. He has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Times of India, The Guardian and other major papers. Maybarduk is an intellectual property expert and 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 2015 profile of Maybarduk.

Composer | Performer

Maybarduk is a composer and performer of music. He has released four albums, the latest being Pacifica (2019), 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, 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 social worker and a diplomat economist. His prior work includes ethnography in South America’s Orinoco river delta and organizing campaigns for voting rights and living wages. 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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