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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

Books

2019

Irish Conveyancing Law (Fourth Edition)
Woods, U and Wylie, JCW
(2019) Irish Conveyancing Law (Fourth Edition)
Dublin : Bloomsbury Professional

2017

Property and Trust Law in Ireland (second edition)
Woods, U
(2017) Property and Trust Law in Ireland (second edition)
Verbeke, A and Sagaert, V(Ed.) The Netherlands : Wolters Kluwer

2011

Property and Trust Law in Ireland
Woods, U
(2011) Property and Trust Law in Ireland
The Netherlands : Kluwer Law International

2005

Irish Conveyancing Law (3rd edition)
Woods, U
(2005) Irish Conveyancing Law (3rd edition)
JCW Wylie(Ed.) West Sussex : Tottel publishing West Sussex

Book Chapters

2019

The 'Undeserving' and the 'Deserving' Squatter under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession
Woods, U.
(2019) The 'Undeserving' and the 'Deserving' Squatter under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession
In New Perspectives on Acquisitive Prescription; Hoops B., and Marais E.J.,(Ed.) The Hague : Eleven International Publishing pp. 127-157

2019

The Case for a Qualified Veto System of Adverse Possession in Ireland: A Doctrinal Approach with ‘Bells and Whistles
Woods, U
(2019) The Case for a Qualified Veto System of Adverse Possession in Ireland: A Doctrinal Approach with ‘Bells and Whistles
In Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice ; Laura Cahilane and Jennifer Schweppe(Ed.) Dublin : Clarus Press

2019

The Law on Adverse Possession and its Reform: Options and Opportunities Presented by the Introduction of eConveyancing
Woods, U
(2019) The Law on Adverse Possession and its Reform: Options and Opportunities Presented by the Introduction of eConveyancing
In eConveyancing and Title Registration in Ireland; Sandra Murphy and Padraic Kenna(Ed.) Dublin : Clarus Press

2017

Adverse Possession, Unregistered Land and Title Defects: A Fly in the Ointment of Irish Reform'
Woods, U.
(2017) Adverse Possession, Unregistered Land and Title Defects: A Fly in the Ointment of Irish Reform'
In Modern Studies in Property Law Volume 9; Oxford : Hart

2017

Irish Reporter
Woods, U.
(2017) Irish Reporter
In Transfer of Immoveables in European Private Law ; Cambridge : Cambridge University Press pp. 1-1

2008

Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006
Woods, U
(2008) Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006
In Irish Current Law Statutes Annotated; Dublin : Roundhall pp. 1-116 Dublin

Peer Reviewed Journals

2020

Protection for Owners under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession: An Inconsistent Use Test or a Qualified Veto System?
Woods, U
(2020) Protection for Owners under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession: An Inconsistent Use Test or a Qualified Veto System?
In Osgoode Hall Law Journal;
[ULIR]

2016

Adverse Posssession and Unadministered Estates: An Unfair Solution to a Redundant Irish Problem
Woods, U.
(2016) Adverse Posssession and Unadministered Estates: An Unfair Solution to a Redundant Irish Problem
In Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly; pp. 137-
[ULIR]

2016

Adverse possession and boundary disputes: lessons for Ireland from abroad
Woods, U
(2016) Adverse possession and boundary disputes: lessons for Ireland from abroad
In International Journal of Law in the Built Environment; pp. 56-79
DOI: 10.1108/IJLBE-05-2015-0010

2014

The Demise of the Seal and the Validity of Certain Deeds
Woods, U.
(2014) The Demise of the Seal and the Validity of Certain Deeds
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 190-
[ULIR]

2009

Adverse Possession and Informal Purchasers
Woods, U
(2009) Adverse Possession and Informal Purchasers
In Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly; pp. 305-324
[ULIR]

2009

The English Law on Adverse Possession: A Tale of Two Systems
Woods, U
(2009) The English Law on Adverse Possession: A Tale of Two Systems
In Common Law World Review; pp. 27-55

2008

The Position of the Owner under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession
Woods, U
(2008) The Position of the Owner under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession
In Dublin University Law Journal; pp. 298-324

2007

Unilateral Severance of Joint Tenancies - The Case for Reform
Woods, U
(2007) Unilateral Severance of Joint Tenancies - The Case for Reform
In Conveyancing And Property Law Journal 2; pp. 47-57

2007

Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - A Conveyancer's Perspective
Woods, U
(2007) Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - A Conveyancer's Perspective
In Conveyancing And Property Law Journal 2; pp. 18-27

2006

Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - Ireland and England Compared
Woods, U
(2006) Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - Ireland and England Compared
In Common Law World Review; pp. 297-327

2004

Rights for Cohabitees - Who should qualify?
Woods, U
(2004) Rights for Cohabitees - Who should qualify?
In Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly; pp. 8-32

2003

Commonhold - An option for Ireland
Woods, U
(2003) Commonhold - An option for Ireland
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 285-311

2003

Remedies on the Expiry of the Closing Date - An Irish Perspective
Woods, U
(2003) Remedies on the Expiry of the Closing Date - An Irish Perspective
In Conveyancer And Property Lawyer; pp. 488-505

2001

Joint deposit bank accounts and the conditional gift theory
Woods, U
(2001) Joint deposit bank accounts and the conditional gift theory
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 281-291

2001

The Matrimonial Home Bill 1993 - Should the Government try again?
Woods, U
(2001) The Matrimonial Home Bill 1993 - Should the Government try again?
In Irish Journal Of Family Law; pp. 8-14

2001

Adverse Possession of unregistered leasehold land
Woods, U
(2001) Adverse Possession of unregistered leasehold land
In Irish Jurist ; pp. 304-318

Conference Publications

2018

International Conference on Acquisitive Prescription
Woods, U
(2018) International Conference on Acquisitive Prescription

2017

The Future is Now! eConveyancing and Title Registration Conference
Woods, U.
(2017) The Future is Now! eConveyancing and Title Registration Conference
Galway Ireland

2016

Modern Studies in Property Law
Woods, U
(2016) Modern Studies in Property Law

2014

Postgraduate Conference on Research Methodologies in Law,
Woods, U
(2014) Postgraduate Conference on Research Methodologies in Law,
University of Limerick

2013

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Woods, Una
(2013) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Belfast, Northern Ireland

2013

Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Woods, Una
(2013) Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Edinburgh, Scotland

2012

Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy International Conference
Woods, U.
(2012) Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy International Conference
NUI Galway, Ireland

2012

Cluster for the Understanding of Emotions in Society Inaugural Conference
Woods, U
(2012) Cluster for the Understanding of Emotions in Society Inaugural Conference
University of Limerick, Limerick

2011

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference,
Woods, U.
(2011) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference,
Athlone, Ireland

2010

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Una Woods
(2010) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Limerick, Ireland

2010

Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference
Una Woods
(2010) Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference
Belfast, Northern Ireland

2010

COBRA Conference
Una Woods
(2010) COBRA Conference
Paris, France

2007

Society of Legal Scholars
Woods, U.
(2007) Society of Legal Scholars
N/A(Ed.) pp. N/A-N/A

Conference Contributions

2017

Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Woods, U and Friel, R
(2017) Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Dunboyne, Co Meath

2009

Irish Society of Comparative Law Inaugural Conference
Una Woods
(2009) Irish Society of Comparative Law Inaugural Conference
University of Limerick