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Dr. Una Woods

Biography

Dr Una Woods graduated with a BCL from University College Cork in1995. She was awarded an LLM in Human Rights and Discrimination Law by QueensUniversity Belfast in 1996. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and wasawarded the Findlater Scholarship by the Law Society of Ireland. She joinedthe School of Law, University of Limerick in September 1999. In November 2006she was appointed by the Minister for Justice as a member of the Property Registration Authority (whichmanages the Irish Land Registry and the Registry of Deeds) and, in November2010, she was re-appointed for another 4 year term. In 2014, she completedher doctorate with Queens University Belfast on 'The Irish Law on AdversePossession - The Case for a Qualified Veto System'. She has acted as aconsultant to the Irish Law Reform Commission on the law in relation tocohabitants and adverse possession. Her publications focus mainly on land lawand conveyancing law. She currently acts as an external examiner for DCU, UCD and UCC. Research InterestsMy research interests lie primarily in the area of land law, thelaw of trusts, conveyancing law, succession law and matrimonial property law. Teaching InterestsI teach modules in land law, equity and trusts, legal research skills and comparativepropertylawRecent PostgraduatesKathryn O'Sullivan graduated with a Phd in 2012
Audrey Kean graduated with an LLM by research in 2011
Laura Gleeson graduated with an LLM by research in 2010

Research Interests

My research interests lie primarily in the area of land law, the law of trusts, conveyancing law, succession law and matrimonial property law.

Teaching Interests

I teach modules in land law, equity and trusts and comparative property law

Professional Activities

Education

  • 2015 Queens University Belfast - PhD
  • 1996 Queens University Belfast - Master of Laws
  • 1995 University College Cork - B.C.L.

Association

  • 2010 Member , Irish Association of Law Teachers
  • 2007 Member, Society of Legal Scholars

Consultancy

  • 2006 Property Registration Authority - Member of the board. This board manages the Irish Land Registry and the Registry of Deeds
  • 2005 Holmes O'Malley Sexton Solicitors - I have been consulted for opinions on land law matters
  • 2004 Law Reform Commission of Ireland - * I have acted as a consultant on publications on the law on cohabitation and adverse possession
  • University College Dublin - External Examiner
  • Dublin City University - External Examiner
  • University College Cork - External Examiner

Employment

  • 2000 University of Limerick - Lecturer, School of Law
  • 1999 Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin, - Solicitor

Award

  • 1999 - Findlater Scholarship

Publications

Book

2019

Book Chapter

2019

The Case for a Qualified Veto System of Adverse Possession in Ireland: A Doctrinal Approach with ‘Bells and Whistles
Woods, U
Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice

2019
2017

Irish Reporter
Woods, U.
Transfer of Immoveables in European Private Law

2008

Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006
Woods, U
Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated

Conference Contribution

Conference Publication

2010

COBRA Conference
Una Woods

2007

Peer Reviewed Journal

2016

Adverse possession and boundary disputes: lessons for Ireland from abroad
Woods, U
International Journal of Law in the Built Environment DOI: 10.1108/IJLBE-05-2015-0010

2009
2009

Adverse Possession and Informal Purchasers
Woods, U
Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly

2008
2007

Unilateral Severance of Joint Tenancies - The Case for Reform
Woods, U
Conveyancing And Property Law Journal 2

2007

Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - A Conveyancer's Perspective
Woods, U
Conveyancing And Property Law Journal 2

2004

Rights for Cohabitees - Who should qualify?
Woods, U
Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly

2003
2003

Commonhold - An option for Ireland
Woods, U
Irish Jurist

2001