Litigation, past and present examines the historical and contemporary dimensions of litigation, taking a cross-disciplinary and comparative perspective. It examines actual patterns of litigation, both historical and contemporary, and looks at the many ways in which courts provide strategies for social change and social justice. The contributors are historians, legal academics, and practicing lawyers from Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. The broad subjects of the contributions are litigation in early modern England, colonial and comparative dimensions of litigation, litigation in contemporary Australia, and litigation and indigenous peoples.