Tributes to Leo Panitch from Around the World

Leo Panitch in Liverpool at The World Transformed Conference. Photo credit:

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch, who passed away on December 19, 2020, was a global public intellectual. As Colin Leys and Sam Gindin point out: "Very few intellectuals on the left have had the intellectual impact on progressive thinkers and activists that Leo has had." Not surprisingly then, as Raju Das notes, Leo "contributed to the national and global reputation of York University as a progressive institution." The many tributes published from around the world upon his passing testify to Leo's worldwide influence and impact. A selection of these tributes is included below. A page for tributes from members of the York University can be found here: York Tributes to Leo Panitch. For a special tribute to Leo as a teacher that took place at York University on October 6, 2017, please see the Building Capacities: Education for Democracy panel with Stephanie Ross, Judy Hellman, Steve Hellman, Amy Bartholomew and Avishai Ehrlich.

Please note that Brill publisher has made all of its Historical Materialism journal articles written by Leo Panitch open access until March 1st. Please see:

Photo Credit: Kevin Walsh,

Selected Tributes, “Our Dear Friend Leo Panitch Has Passed,” December 20, 2020. 

Burtenshaw, Ronan, “Remembering Leo Panitch,” Tribune Magazine, December 20, 2020.

Calderbank, Michael, “‘Wrenching Labour Out of Its Traditions’ – Learning from Leo," Labour Hub, December 24, 2020,

Canepa, Eric, “Obituary: Leo Panitch (1945-2020),” transform!europe, December 21, 2020,

Photo Credit: David Climenhaga. Used with permission.

CBCListen, As It Happens with Carol Off, Chris Howden, "Remembering Leo Panitch," commencing at 27:30, December 21, 2020,

Chibber, Vivek, "Leo Panitch (1945–2020)," Jacobin, December 22, 2020.

Climenhaga, David, "Leo Panitch: Intellectual Pillar of the Canadian Left Dead at 75 of Covid-19,", December 21, 2020.

Dead Pundits Society, "Leo Panitch and the Socialist Challenge with Stephen Maher," January 145h, podcast,

Henwood, Doug, "In Memory of Leo Panitch," LBO News from Doug Henwood, December 24, 2020.

Jacobin, “A Tribute to Leo Panitch (1945-2020),” posted on YouTube, December 21, 2020. 

Jiang, Kevin, “Beloved Teacher and Public Thinker Leo Panitch Has Died of COVID-19,” The Toronto Star, December 21, 2020,

Levica, "In Memory of Leo Panitch," December 28, 2020.

Leys, Colin, "Leo Panitch Obituary," The Guardian, January 16, 2021,

Leys, Colin and Sam Gindin, "In Appreciation of Leo Pantich," New Politics, December 23, 2020.

Maher, Stephen, "Leo Panitch and the Socialist Project," Canadian Dimension, December 28, 2020,

Maher, Stephen, “Leo Panitch and the Socialist Project.” Jacobin, December 23, 2020,

Maher, Stephen, “Leo Panitch and the Socialist Project.” Socialist Project: The Bullet, December 26, 2020.

Proctor, Adam, "Remembering Leo Panitch: 50 Years On the Socialist Left," Dead Pundits Society, podcast.

Public Affairs, "The Socialist Legacy of Leo Panitch," WORT Eight Nine Nine, January 8, 2021,

Roja, Christina and Donald Swartz, Donald Swartz, "Leo Panitch, Founder of the Institute of Political Economy has Passed Away (1945-2020)," Institute of Political Economy, Carleton University (Ottawa), December 22, 2020.

Salutin, Rick, "Leo Panitch's Anger at Injustice Never Diminished, Nor His Determination to Address it," The Toronto Star, December 28, 2020,

Socialist Register, “In Memoriam: Leo Panitch (1945-2020),” December 20, 2020.

Socialist Register, "A Tribute to Leo Panitch (1945-2020)," December 30, 2020.

Solty, Ingar, “Leo Panitch Was a Mentor for a New Generation of Socialists,” Jacobin, December 24, 2020.

Spourdalakis, Michalis, "For Leo: The Teacher, the Friend, the Comrade," Socialist Project: The Bullet, December 31, 2020.

Stoffman, Judy, "Marxist Intellectual Leo Panitch had a ‘Big Voice’ and ‘Big Mind,’" Globe and Mail, January 1, 2021.

Thomas, Martin, “Leo Panitch, 1945-2020,” Workers' Liberty, December 20, 2020., “Mourning the Loss of the Great Leo Panitch,” December 20, 2020. 

Wainwright, Hilary, "The Convivial, Practical Road to Socialism: A Tribute to Leo Panitch," Red Pepper, December 29, 2020,

Wilson, Rowan, “In Appreciation of Leo Panitch – Colin Leys and Sam Gindin. How Leo Panitch Touched the Lives of Students, Scholars and Activists. Verso Books, Blog, December 21, 2020.

Further Information

York Tributes to Leo Panitch

Events in Honour of or Dedicated to Leo Panitch