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Publications by Cathy Sherry

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Cathy Sherry, Strata Title Property Rights: Private Governance of Multi-Owned Properties, Routledge, London, 2017, 320pp.

L. Bennett Moses, B. Edgeworth, C. Sherry, eds., (2010), Property and Security: Selected Essays, ThomsonReuters, Sydney, 230pp.

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Looseleaf services

Co-author, Conveyancing Service New South Wales (Butterworths) 2003-2008

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"(Re)Introducing a Closed Book Exam in Law", (2018) 28(1) Legal Education Review Article 9 Available at:, with Leon Terrill and Julian Laurens.

"Airbnb Short-Term Letting in Strata Schemes", (2017) 91 Australian Law Journal

"Recent Developments in Strata Law: By-law making power and short-term letting" (2016) 90(12) Australian Law Journal 853-9

"Teaching Land Law: An Essay" (2016) 25 Australian Property Law Journal 129

"Under-supply of Schooling in the Gentrified and Regenerated Inner City', with Hazel Easthope, (2016) 56 Cities 16-23

"Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? The Implications of United States Homeowners Association Law for Australian Strata and Community Title", (2014) 23 Australian Property Law Journal 94

"How Property Title Impacts Urban Consolidation: A Life-Cycle Examination of Multi-title Developments" (2014) 32(2) Urban Policy and Research 1, with Hazel Easthope, Jan Warnken, Eddo Coiacetto, Dianne Dredge, Chris Guilding, Nicole Johnston, Dawne Lamminmaki and Sacha Reide

"Building Management Statements and Strata Management Statements: Unholy Mixing of Contract and Property" (2013) 87 Australian Law Journal 393.

"Lessons in Personal Freedom and Functional Land Markets: What Strata and Community Title Can Learn from Traditional Doctrines of Property" (2013) 36(1) UNSW Law Journal 280

"Kids Can't Fly: The legal issues in children's falls from high-rise buildings" (2012) 2(1) Property Law Review 22-38

“How indefeasible is your strata title? Unresolved Torrens problems is strata and community title” (2009) 21(2) Bond Law Review 159

“The New South Wales strata and Community Titles Acts: A case study of legislatively created high rise and master planned communities” (2009) 1(2) International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, 130-142

 “The legal fundamentals of high rise buildings and master planned estates: Ownership, governance and living in multi-owned housing with a case study on children’s play” (2008) 16(1) Australian Property Law Journal, 1-23.

“The in personam exception to indefeasibility: Unregistered legal interests and ‘personal equities’ in the Torrens System”, (2007) 2 Journal of Equity 71-75

“Unregistered Access: Wheeldon v Burrows Easements and Easements by Prescription over Torrens Land (2007) 81(7) Australian Law Journal 491 (with Lyria Moses Bennett)

"Termination of strata schemes in New South Wales - proposals for reform" (2006) 13(3) Australian Property Law Journal 227-239

“Meat Pies and Apple Tarts: Spunwill Pty Ltd v BAB Pty Ltd (1994) 36 NSWLR 290” in (1996) 4 Australian Property Law Journal 78-83

“Torrens Title Compensation for Loss: recommendations for reform” in (1996) 4 Australian Property Law Journal 251-8

“Unilateral Severance of a Joint Tenancy: Law Reform Commission Report 73, (1994)” in (1995) 3 Australian Property Law Journal 1-8

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Conference Papers

Multi-Owned Property Workshop, co-organised with Professor Sarah Blandy, University of Sheffield; Dr Clare Mouat, University of Western Australia; Professor Susan Bright, New College Oxford and Professor Sarah Nield, University of Southampton, Curtin University, Perth, 29 September, 2017.

"Strata Title: The New Feudalism", Beyond Sole Ownership, Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, 27-28 September, 2017, Curtin University, Perth.

"Fertile Octogenarians in Cyberspace: Using technology for genuine student understanding of land law", The Future of Legal Education, Australian Academy of Law, 12-13 August, 2017, Sydney, 

"Does Discrimination Law Apply to Strata Schemes?",  Law Society of New South Wales Property Law Specialist Accreditation Conference, 4 August, 2017, Sydney.

"Discrimination law and strata schemes", Strata Community Australia National Conference, Hunter Valley, 9 June, 2017.

"Foraging Down Under", American Association of Geographers Conference, Boston, 5-9 April, 2017

"Beyond Arrow Assett Management: Developers' Fiduciary Duties", Australian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, March 2017, Hamilton Island.

"Allotments and Kleingarten: Legal lessons Australia can glean from the European tradition of urban farming", Food Governance Conference, University of Sydney, 1-4 November, 2016, University of Sydney,

"The Undersupply of Public Schooling in Sydney", Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, 2016

"Strata Title: The New Feudalism", Keynote speaker, Lateral Property: Land, Law and Power Beyond Freehold, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2016

"The Expanding Legal Environment of Owners Corporations", with Michael Teys, invited speaker, Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, September, 2015

"Fourth Generation Strata Laws for New South Wales", Law Society Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), 2015

"The Social, Political and Economic Implications of the Private Property Law Facilitating High Rise and Master-planned Developments", COBRA, UTS, July, 2015

"High Density Development and the Need for a New Inner City High School", with Hazel Easthope, FBE, Multi-Owned Properties Colloquium, Deakin University, February 4, 2015

"Oh what a tangled web we weave: Strata legislation, equity and the common law", Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Brisbane, 2015

"By-laws and the challenges those pose", Keynote speaker, Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, 2013

"Lessons in democracy and capitalism: What strata title can learn from orthodox property law", Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), 2012

"A bigger strata footprint: are we aware of the implications?" Keynote speaker, Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, 2011

"Management Rights Litigtation - the sleeping lion" and "Owners Corporation Statutory and Common Law Liability for Injury on Common Property: Children's Falls from High Rise Buildings", Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), 2010

“Termination of Strata Schemes in New South Wales”, Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, University of the South Pacific, Port Vila, 2005

“Women and work: The vibe vs the statistics”, Women’s Action Alliance Conference, Caius College, Pymble, Sydney, 2 November 2002.

“Mabo and Racial Discrimination”, Law and Society Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1996

“Birth Mothers in the 1960s”, Public Interest Law Conference, University of Sydney, September 1994

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Law Reform Reports

Co-author, Outcomes Report, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings, 2011

Co-author, Review of the Adoption of Children Act 1965 (NSW), Discussion Paper, 34, 1994

Co-author, Review of the Adoption Information Act 1990 + Summary Report, LRC Report 69, 1992

Co-author, Community Law Reform Program: Unilateral Severance of a Joint Tenancy, Discussion Paper 23, 1991

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Legal and Industry Seminars

Keynote Speaker, Children, Young People and the Built Environment, Seminar 2: Framing: Key conventions, legislation, policy and partnerships, NSW Commission for Children and Young People, 17 May, 2012.  Podcast at

"Alternative Legal Structures to Strata and Community Title”, presented at UNSW Continuing Legal Education, Property Law: Strata & Community Titles, 29 March 2007.

“Powers of Attorney – Legislation and applicable common law” presented at Property Law Update, UNSW CLE, 19 October, 2005

“Mortgagee's Power of Sale” presented at Loans, Mortgages and Guarantees, UNSW CLE, 1 March 2005

“Practitioner’s Fruit Salad – Mortgagee’s power of sale, powers of attorney and Crown licences” presented at Far North Coast Law Society Annual Seminar 25-26, Surfers Paradise, February 2005

“Land Transactions and the New Powers of Attorney Legislation” presented at Major Changes in Property Law 2004: Stamp duties, powers of attorney, leases, UNSW CLE, 16 June 2004

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Book Chapters

"Fertile Octogenarians in Cyberspace: Why and How to Use Technology to Connect the Law School Classroom to Legal Practice", in The Future of Australian Legal Education, Australian Academy of Law and Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 2018.

"Strata Title: The New Feudalism", in Michel Vols and Julian Sidoli, People and Buildings: Comparative Housing Law (volume 2), Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, 2018.

"Can large-scale private regulation of land be legitimate? The problem of ownership, notice and consent in strata and community title", in E Altman and M Gabriel (eds), Multi-owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2018.

"Accommodating children's activities in the shared spaces of high density and master planned developments", in K Bishop and L Corkery (eds), Beyond Playgrounds and Skate Parks: Designing Cities with Children and Young People, Routledge NY, 2017.

“Long-term management contracts as developer abuse” in Blandy, S., Dixon, J. and Dupuis, A., Multi-Owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice, Ashgate Publishing, Ashgate, 2010

L. Bennett Moses, B. Edgeworth, C. Sherry, (2010), “Introduction” in Property and Security: Selected Essays, Thomson Reuters, Sydney, 11pp.

“The Complexities of Multi-owned Property: Australian Strata and Community Title and United States Condominiums and Homeowner Associations” in L. Bennett Moses, B. Edgeworth, C. Sherry, eds., (2010), Property and Security: Selected Essays, ThomsonReuters, Sydney, 15pp.

"Care and Education of Preschool Children" in Children and the Law, Geoff Monahan and Lisa Young (eds), Butterworths, 2008


Book Reviews

“The Big Picture”, Review of Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne, Australian Book Review, September 2005


Selected media

"Downton Abbey: Melodrama, frocks...and property law?", The Conversation, 29 June, 2012.

"Lessons for Parents in Public Schools", Sydney Morning Herald, 16 April, 2012

"Feminism's clique does not help the cause", Sydney Morning Herald, 25 January, 2012

"You can't rote learn for life", Sydney Morning Herald, 18 November, 2011

"When the barriers between public and private space blur", Sydney Morning Herald, 1 September, 2011

"Life in Wisteria Lane, where others choose your curtains, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February, 2011

"Kids can't fly", Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October, 2009

"Wrong moves - and words - for young girls", Sydney Morning Herald, December 11, 2007

"Take note of London, to avoid a load of old cobbles for Sydney", Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2007

Senator finds toughest division", The Courier Mail, 24 October 2006,

"Government schools secular with good reason", The Age, 28 August 2006

"The truth about housework and motherhood", The Age, 27 June 2006

”Full-time job no liberation for mums”, Sydney Morning Herald, June 7, 2004

“Wanted, part-time work for wasted women's skills”, The Age, 4 May 2003

“A woman's right, and sometimes she's not,” (regulation of embryo importation), The Sunday Age, 6 April 2003

“Open the window before it's too late, baby” The Sunday Age, 9 March 2003

“A media vibe based on motherhood myth”, The Sunday Age, 17 November 2002

“Doing it tough? Perhaps it's time for a reality check”, The Sunday Age, 22 September 2002

“Misleading the daughters of the revolution” The Sunday Age, 25 August 2002

“DINKs choosing a childless life are not those who need help”, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2002

Guest commentator, ABC TV Business Breakfast, “Australian Catholic University evaluates the impact of paid maternity leave”, 19 July 2002

“Homework the only way to get sums right on maternity allowance”, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 2002

“Working for change for mothers and children”, The Sunday Age, 2 June 2002

“Baby, or not baby, that is the question”, The Sunday Age, 7 April 2002

Guest commentator, ABC Radio, Life Matters, “Rear View: Working Hours”, 7 September 2001

“We can't dictate mothers' choices”, The Age, 12 June 2001

“Children: the justifiable imperative”, The Sunday Age 11 March 2001

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