Una Woods


 
researcher

Biography

Dr Una Woods graduated with a BCL from University College Cork in 1995. She was awarded an LLM in Human Rights and Discrimination Law by Queens University Belfast in 1996. She qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and was awarded the Findlater Scholarship by the Law Society of Ireland. She joined the School of Law, University of Limerick in September 1999. In November 2006 she was appointed by the Minister for Justice as a member of the Property Registration Authority (which manages the Irish Land Registry and the Registry of Deeds) and, in November 2010, she was re-appointed for another 4 year term. In 2014, she completed her doctorate with Queens University Belfast on “The Irish Law on Adverse Possession - The Case for a Qualified Veto System”. She has acted as a consultant to the Irish Law Reform Commission on the law in relation to cohabitants and adverse possession. Her publications focus mainly on land law and conveyancing law. She currently acts as an external examiner for DCU and UCD.    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, legal research skills and comparative property law                       Recent Postgraduates Kathryn 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.

Books

  Year Publication
2017 Property and Trust Law in Ireland.
Woods, U (2017) Property and Trust Law in Ireland. The Netherlands: Wolters Kluwer. [Details]
2011 Property and Trust Law in Ireland.
Woods, U (2011) Property and Trust Law in Ireland. The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International. [Details]
2005 Irish Conveyancing Law (3rd edition).
Woods, U (2005) Irish Conveyancing Law (3rd edition). West Sussex: Tottel publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
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: Laura Cahilane and Jennifer Schweppe (eds). Case Studies in Legal Research Methodologies: Reflections on Theory and Practice. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
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: Hoops B., and Marais E.J. (eds). New Perspectives on Acquisitive Prescription. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing. [Details]
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: Sandra Murphy and Padraic Kenna (eds). eConveyancing and Title Registration in Ireland. Dublin: Clarus Press. [Details]
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. [Details]
2017 'Irish Reporter'
Woods, U. (2017) 'Irish Reporter' In: Transfer of Immoveables in European Private Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Details]
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. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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'. Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly, 67 (2) [Details]
2016 'Adverse possession and boundary disputes: lessons for Ireland from abroad'
Woods, U (2016) 'Adverse possession and boundary disputes: lessons for Ireland from abroad'. International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 8 :56-79 [DOI] [Details]
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'. Irish Jurist, 51 [Details]
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'. Common Law World Review, 38 (1):27-55 [Details]
2009 'Adverse Possession and Informal Purchasers'
Woods, U (2009) 'Adverse Possession and Informal Purchasers'. Northers Ireland Legal Quarterly, 60 :305-324 [Details]
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'. DUBLIN UNIVERSITY LAW JOURNAL, 30 (N/A):298-324 [Details]
2007 'Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - A Conveyancer's Perspective'
Woods, U (2007) 'Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - A Conveyancer's Perspective'. CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY LAW JOURNAL 2, 12 (1):18-27 [Details]
2007 'Unilateral Severance of Joint Tenancies - The Case for Reform'
Woods, U (2007) 'Unilateral Severance of Joint Tenancies - The Case for Reform'. CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY LAW JOURNAL 2, 12 (2):47-57 [Details]
2006 'Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - Ireland and England Compared'
Woods, U (2006) 'Property Disputes Between Co-owning Cohabitees - Ireland and England Compared'. COMMON LAW WORLD REVIEW, 35 (4):297-327 [Details]
2004 'Rights for Cohabitees - Who should qualify?'
Woods, U (2004) 'Rights for Cohabitees - Who should qualify?'. NORTHERS IRELAND LEGAL QUARTERLY, 55 (1):8-32 [Details]
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'. CONVEYANCER AND PROPERTY LAWYER, 67 (*):488-505 [Details]
2003 'Commonhold - An option for Ireland'
Woods, U (2003) 'Commonhold - An option for Ireland'. IRISH JURIST, 38 (N/A):285-311 [Details]
2001 'Adverse Possession of unregistered leasehold land'
Woods, U (2001) 'Adverse Possession of unregistered leasehold land'. IRISH JURIST, 36 (*):304-318 [Details]
2001 'The Matrimonial Home Bill 1993 - Should the Government try again?'
Woods, U (2001) 'The Matrimonial Home Bill 1993 - Should the Government try again?'. IRISH JOURNAL OF FAMILY LAW, 4 (*):8-14 [Details]
2001 'Joint deposit bank accounts and the conditional gift theory'
Woods, U (2001) 'Joint deposit bank accounts and the conditional gift theory'. IRISH JURIST, 37 (*):281-291 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2018 International Conference on Acquisitive Prescription
Woods, U (2018) The 'Undeserving' and the 'Deserving' Squatter under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession International Conference on Acquisitive Prescription [Details]
2017 The Future is Now! eConveyancing and Title Registration Conference
Woods, U. (2017) The Law on Adverse Possession and its Reform: Options and Opportunities presented by the introduction of eConveyancing The Future is Now! eConveyancing and Title Registration Conference Galway Ireland, , 07-APR-17 - 08-APR-17 [Details]
2016 Modern Studies in Property Law
Woods, U (2016) Adverse Possession, Unregistered Land and Title Defects: A Fly in the Ointment of Reform Modern Studies in Property Law [Details]
2014 Postgraduate Conference on Research Methodologies in Law
Woods, U (2014) The Doctrinal /Black Letter Approach Postgraduate Conference on Research Methodologies in Law University of Limerick, [Details]
2013 Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
Woods, Una (2013) The Rule in Leigh v Jack - Judicial Heresy or Inspiration Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference Edinburgh, Scotland, [Details]
2013 Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Woods, Una (2013) The Case for Bad Faith Adverse Possession - An Irish Perspective Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference Belfast, Northern Ireland, [Details]
2012 Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy International Conference
Woods, U. (2012) Adverse Possession – Does the owner get his just deserts? Centre for Housing Law, Rights and Policy International Conference NUI Galway, Ireland, [Details]
2012 Cluster for the Understanding of Emotions in Society Inaugural Conference
Woods, U (2012) Sympathy and Antipathy for the Owner – How these emotions have influenced the literature and law on adverse possession Cluster for the Understanding of Emotions in Society Inaugural Conference University of Limerick, Limerick, [Details]
2011 Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Woods, U. (2011) Curing defects in unregistered titles – Adverse Possession and other remedies Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference Athlone, Ireland, [Details]
2010 COBRA Conference
Una Woods (2010) Adverse Possession of Boundary Land - Lessons from Abroad COBRA Conference Paris, France, , 02-SEP-10 - 04-SEP-10 [Details]
2010 Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference
Una Woods (2010) Adverse Possession and Unadministered Estates Irish Society of Comparative Law Annual Conference Belfast, Northern Ireland, , 19-MAR-10 - 21-MAR-10 [Details]
2010 Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference
Una Woods (2010) Resolving Boundary Disputes - Adverse possession and other remedies at Home and Abroad Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference Limerick, Ireland, , 19-NOV-10 - 21-NOV-10 [Details]
2007 Society of Legal Scholars
Woods, U. (2007) The Position of the Procrastinating Owner under the Irish Law on Adverse Possession . In: N/A eds. Society of Legal Scholars , 13-SEP-07 - 15-SEP-07 , pp.N/A-N/A [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference,
Woods, U and Friel, R (2017) ‘Rent Pressure Zones: Constitutional difficulties and Economic Repercussions’. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Irish Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Dunboyne, Co Meath , 25-NOV-17 [Details]
2009 Irish Society of Comparative Law Inaugural Conference,
Una Woods (2009) The Bad Faith Squatter - At Home and Abroad. [Chaired Session], Irish Society of Comparative Law Inaugural Conference, University of Limerick , 18-FEB-09 - 19-FEB-10 [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
1999 Findlater Scholarship

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Irish Association of Law Teachers Member 02-NOV-10 /
Society of Legal Scholars Member 01-AUG-07 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin, Solicitor 01-JAN-99 / 30-DEC-99
University of Limerick Lecturer, School of Law 01-JAN-00 / 30-DEC-99

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2015 Queens University Belfast PhD The Irish Law on Adverse Possession: The Case for a Qualified Veto System
1996 Queens University Belfast Master of Laws
1995 University College Cork B.C.L.

Consultancy

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

Teaching Interests

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