Associate Professor Cathy Sherry

BA University of Sydney 1991

LLB (Hons) University of Sydney 1993

PhD UNSW 2014

Cathy Sherry is a leading Australian expert on strata and community title. She provides advice to government and the private sector on the complexities of collectively-owned property, both nationally and internationally. She is currently on the Technical Committee for the United Kingdom Law Commission reform of commonhold.  Her book, Strata Title Property Rights: Private governance of multi-owned properties (Routledge 2017), the first academic legal monograph on strata title in Australia, has been cited by the Privy Council (O'Connor v Proprietors, Strata Plan No.51 [2017] UKPC 45). Cathy's research focuses on the social implications of private communities, as well as optimal planning for children.  Cathy has a special interest in urban farming and the challenges of providing growing space in high density cities.

Cathy is an academic member of the Australian College of Strata Lawyers (ACSL) and was a founding General Editor of the international property journal, Property Law Review.

With consistent student satisfaction rates of 98%-100%, Cathy is the recipient of a Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence and a NSW Department of Training and Education and Australian College of Educators' Award. She was also a winner in the individual category of the Legal Innovation Index 2015, for her online Moodle site for Land Law. Cathy was named Academic of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in 2017.

Cathy is an inaugural UNSW Scientia Education Academy Fellow and her Scientia Education Academy lecture is available here: https://thebox.unsw.edu.au/video/scientia-education-academy-lecture-seri....

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Book Chapters

Bulmer M; Solomos J, 2019, 'Introduction', in ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, edn. 3, ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, pp. 329 - 330, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1538532

Sherry C, 2018, 'Conflict between private and public restrictions', in Multi-Owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities, pp. 105 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56988-2_6

Sherry C, 2018, 'Strata Title: The New Feudalism', in Vols M; Sidoli J (ed.), People and Buildings: Comparative Housing Law (volume 2), Eleven International Publishing, The Hague, pp. 67 - 84, http://www.openbareorderecht.nl/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Common-Threads-in-Housing-Law-Research-A-Systematic-and-Thematic-Analysis-of-the-Field-Vols-Sidoli.pdf

Sherry C, 2018, 'Conflict Between Private and Public Restrictions', in Altman E; Gabriel M (ed.), Multi-owned Property in the Asia-Pacific Region: Rights, Restrictions and Responsibilities., Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 105 - 118, https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137569875

Sherry C, 2018, '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, The Future of Australian Legal Education (Thomson Reuters 2018), Sydney, https://legal.thomsonreuters.com.au/the-future-of-australian-legal-education/productdetail/126538

Sherry C, 2017, 'Accommodating children's activities in the shared spaces of high density and master-planned developments', in Bishop K; Corkery L (ed.), Designing with Children and Young People: Beyond playgrounds and skateparks, Routledge, New York, pp. 123 - 136

Sherry C, 2012, 'Long-term management contracts and developer sbuse in New South Wales', in Multi-owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice, pp. 159 - 176

Bennett Moses LK; Edgeworth B; Sherry CS, 2010, 'Introduction', in Moses LB; Edgeworth B; Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. Original, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 1 - 11

Sherry C, 2010, 'Long-term management contracts and developer abuse in New South Wales', in Multi-Owned Housing: Law, Power and Practice, pp. 159 - 176

Sherry CS, 2010, 'The Complexities of Multi-owned Property: Australian Strata and Community Title and United States Condominiums and Homeowner Associations', in Bennett Moses L; Edgeworth B; Sherry C (ed.), Property and Security: Selected Essays, edn. 1, Lawbook Co., Pyrmont NSW, pp. 263 - 276

Sherry CS, 2008, 'Care and Education of Preschool Children', in Monahan G; Young L (ed.), Children and the Law in Australia, edn. Original, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, Sydney, pp. 276 - 301

Books

Sherry C, 2016, Strata Title Property Rights: Private Governance of Multi-Owned Properties, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315690575

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

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

Sherry CS; Rossiter CJ, 2007, Conveyancing Service New South Wales, Original, Butterworths, Sydney

Conference Papers

Sherry C, 2017, 'Strata Title: The New Feudalism', Beyond Sole Ownership, Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, Curtin University, Perth, presented at Beyond Sole Ownership, Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, Curtin University, Perth, 27 September 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Does Discrimination Law Apply to Strata Schemes?', Law Society of New South Wales Property Law Specialist Accreditation Conference, Sydney, presented at Law Society of New South Wales Property Law Specialist Accreditation Conference, Sydney, 04 August 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Foraging Down Under', American Association of Geographers Conference, Boston, presented at American Association of Geographers Conference, Boston, 05 April 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Beyond Arrow Assett Management: Developers' Fiduciary Duties', Australian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Hamilton Island, presented at Australian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Hamilton Island, 01 March 2017

Sherry C, 2017, 'Discrimination law and strata schemes', Routledge, Hunter Valley, presented at Strata Community Australia National Conference, Hunter Valley, 09 June 2017

Sherry C, 2017, '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 Conference 2017, Australian Academy of Law and Thomson Reuters, Sydney Australia, presented at The Future of Australian Legal Education Conference 2017, Sydney Australia, 11 - 13 August 2017, http://www.academyoflaw.org.au/lec2017

Sherry C, 2016, 'The Undersupply of Public Schooling in Sydney', Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Sydney, presented at Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Sydney, 01 May 2016

Sherry C; Teys M, 2016, 'The Expanding Legal Environment of Owners Corporations', Lateral Property: Land, Law and Power Beyond Freehold, Birbeck College, University of London, presented at Lateral Property: Land, Law and Power Beyond Freehold, Birbeck College, University of London, 29 January 2016

Sherry C, 2016, 'Allotments and Kleingarten: Legal lessons Australia can glean from the European tradition of urban farming', Food Governance Conference, University of Sydney, presented at Food Governance Conference, University of Sydney, 01 November 2016

Sherry C, 2015, 'The Social, Political and Economic Implications of the Private Property Law Facilitating High Rise and Master-planned Developments', COBRA, UTS, Sydney, presented at COBRA, UTS, Sydney, 01 July 2015

Sherry C; Easthope H, 2015, 'High Density Development and the Need for a New Inner City High School', Multi-Owned Properties Colloquium, Deakin University, presented at Multi-Owned Properties Colloquium, Deakin University, 04 February 2015

Sherry C, 2015, 'Oh what a tangled web we weave: Strata legislation, equity and the common law', Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Brisbane, presented at Australasian College of Community Association Lawyers Conference, Brisbane, 01 January 2015

Sherry C, 2015, 'Fourth Generation Strata Laws for New South Wales', Law Society Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), presented at Law Society Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), 02 June 2015

Sherry C, 2013, 'By-laws and the challenges those pose', Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, Griffith University, presented at Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, Griffith University, 01 January 2013

Sherry C, 2012, 'Lessons in democracy and capitalism: What strata title can learn from orthodox property law', Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), presented at Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), 10 April 2012

Sherry C, 2011, 'A bigger strata footprint: are we aware of the implications?', Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, presented at Griffith University Strata and Community Title Conference, 07 September 2011

Sherry C, 2010, 'Management Rights Litigation - the sleeping lion', Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), Sydney, presented at Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), Sydney, 01 January 2010

Sherry C, 2010, '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), Sydney, presented at Law Society of NSW Specialist Accreditation Conference (Property), Sydney, 01 January 2010

Sherry C, 2005, 'Termination of Strata Schemes in New South Wales', Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, University of South Pacific, Port Vila, presented at Australasian Property Law Teachers' Conference, University of South Pacific, Port Vila, 04 April 2005

Sherry C, 2002, 'Women and work: The vibe vs the statistics', Women’s Action Alliance Conference, Caius College, Pymble, Sydney, presented at Women’s Action Alliance Conference, Caius College, Pymble, Sydney, 02 November 2002

Sherry C, 1996, 'Mabo and Racial Discrimination', Law and Society Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, presented at Law and Society Conference, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 16 April 1996

Sherry C, 1994, 'Birth Mothers in the 1960s', Public Interest Law Conference, University of Sydney, presented at Public Interest Law Conference, University of Sydney, 05 September 1994

Conference Presentations

Sherry C, 2012, 'Seminar 2: Framing: Key conventions, legislation, policy and partnerships', presented at Children, Young People and the Built Environment, UNSW, 17 May 2012

Sherry CS, 2007, 'Property Law and its Implications for Children`s Play', presented at Come and Play Outside: A Multi-Disciplinary Symposium (Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth), University of Western Australia, Perth, 28 - 29 September 2007

Sherry C, 2007, 'Alternative Legal Structures to Strata and Community Title', presented at UNSW Continuing Legal Education, Property Law: Strata & Community Titles, 29 March 2007

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

Sherry C, 2005, 'Mortgagee's Power of Sale', presented at Loans, Mortgages and Guarantees, UNSW CLE, 01 March 2005

Sherry C, 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 February 2005

Sherry C, 2004, 'Land Transactions and the New Powers of Attorney Legislation', presented at Major Changes in Property Law 2004: Stamp duties, powers of attorney, leases, 16 June 2004

Journal articles

Sherry C; Terrill L; Laurens J, 2018, '(Re)introducing a Closed Book Exam in Law', Legal Education Review, vol. 28, pp. 1 - 27, https://ler.scholasticahq.com/article/6366-re-introducing-a-closed-book-exam-in-law

Sherry C, 2017, 'Airbnb Short-Term Letting in Strata Schemes', Australian Law Journal, vol. 91

Sherry C; Easthope H, 2016, 'Under-supply of schooling in the gentrified and regenerated inner city', Cities, vol. 56, pp. 16 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2016.02.008

Sherry C, 2016, 'Recent Developments in Strata Law: By-law making power and short-term letting', Australian Law Journal, vol. 90 (12), pp. 853 - 859

Sherry CS, 2016, 'Teaching Land Law: An Essay', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 25, pp. 129 - 149

Easthope H; Warnken J; Sherry C; Coiacetto E; Dredge D; Guilding C; Johnston N; Lamminmaki D; Reid S, 2014, 'How property title impacts urban consolidation: a lifecycle examination of multi-title developments', Urban Policy and Research, vol. 32, pp. 289 - 304, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08111146.2014.899210

Sherry CS, 2014, 'Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? The Implications of United States Homeowners Association Law for Australian Strata and Community Title', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 23, pp. 94, http://www.lexisnexis.com/au/legal/results/docview/attachRetrieve.do?csi=267869&A=0.3730325729052081&ersKey=23_T21814817080&urlEnc=ISO-8859-1&inline=y&smi=18437&componentseq=1&key=5DNR-JD31-DY6R-W41Y-

Sherry C, 2013, 'Building management Statements and strata management statements: Unholy mixing of contract and property', Australian Law Journal, vol. 87, pp. 393 - 403

Sherry CS, 2013, 'Lessons in Personal Freedom and Functional Land Markets: What Strata and Community Title Can Learn from Traditional Doctrines of Property', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol. 36, pp. 280 - 315, http://www.unswlawjournal.unsw.edu.au/

Sherry C, 2009, 'The New South Wales strata and Community Titles Acts: A case study of legislatively created high rise and master planned communities', International Journal of Law in the Built Environment, vol. 1, pp. 130 - 142, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17561450910974731

Sherry CS, 2009, 'How indefeasible is your strata title? Unresolved problems in strata and community title', Bond Law Review, vol. 21, pp. 159 - 181

Sherry CS, 2008, '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', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 16, pp. 1 - 23

Moses LB; Sherry C, 2007, 'Unregistered access: Wheeldon v Burrows easements and easements by prescription over Torrens land', AUSTRALIAN LAW JOURNAL, vol. 81, pp. 491 - 510, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000213572900006&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a

Sherry CS, 2007, 'The in personam exception to indefeasibility: Unregistered legal interests and `personal equities` in the Torrems system', Journal of Equity, vol. 2, pp. 71 - 75

Sherry CS, 2006, 'Termination of strata schemes in New South Wales - Proposals for reform', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 13, pp. 227 - 239

Sherry CS, 2006, 'Termination of Community Schemems', Australian Law Journal, vol. 80, pp. 19 - 20

Sherry CS, 1997, 'Review of `Mabo: What the High Court Said and What the Government Did` by P Butt and R Eagleson', Indigenous Law Bulletin, pp. 25 - 25

Sherry CS, 1997, 'Meat Pies and Apple Tarts', Australian Property Law Journal, pp. 78 - 83

Sherry CS, 1997, 'Torrens Title Compensation for Loss - Recommendation for Reform', Australian Property Law Journal, pp. 251 - 258

Sherry C, 1996, 'Meat Pies and Apple Tarts: Spunwill Pty Ltd v BAB Pty Ltd (1994) 36 NSWLR 290', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 4, pp. 78 - 83

Sherry C, 1995, 'Unilateral Severance of a Joint Tenancy: Law Reform Commission Report 73, (1994)', Australian Property Law Journal, vol. 3, pp. 1 - 8

Sherry CS, 1995, 'Unilateral severance of a joint tenancy', Australian Property Law Journal, pp. 1 - 8

Other

Sherry C, 2012, Downton Abbey: Melodrama, frocks...and property law?, The Conversation

Sherry C, 2012, Lessons for Parents in Public Schools, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2012, Feminism's clique does not help the cause, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2011, You can't rote learn for life, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2011, When the barriers between public and private space blur, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2011, Life in Wisteria Lane, where others choose your curtains, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2009, Kids can't fly, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2007, Wrong moves - and words - for young girls, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2007, Take note of London, to avoid a load of old cobbles for Sydney, Sydney MOrning Herald

Sherry C, 2006, Senator finds toughest division, The Courier Mail

Sherry C, 2006, Government schools secular with good reason, The Age

Sherry C, 2006, The truth about housework and motherhood, The Age

Sherry C, 2005, "The Big Picture" Review of Motherhood: How Should We Care for Our Children? by Anne Manne

Sherry C, 2004, Full-time job no liberation for mums, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2003, Wanted, part-time work for wasted women's skills, The Age

Sherry C, 2003, A woman's right, and sometimes she's not, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2003, Open the window before it's too late, baby, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2002, A media vibe based on motherhood myth, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2002, Doing it tough? Perhaps it's time for a reality check, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2002, Misleading the daughters of the revolution, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2002, DINKs choosing a childless life are not those who need help, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2002, Homework the only way to get sums right on maternity allowance, Sydney Morning Herald

Sherry C, 2002, Working for change for mothers and children, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2002, Baby, or not baby, that is the question, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2002, Australian Catholic University evaluates the impact of paid maternity leave, Guest commentator, ABC TV Business Breakfast

Sherry C, 2001, We can't dictate mothers' choices, The Age

Sherry C, 2001, Children: the justifiable imperative, The Sunday Age

Sherry C, 2001, Rear View: Working Hours, Guest commentator, ABC Radio, Life Matters

Reports

Thorpe A; Holley C; Sherry C, 2012, Submission to the NSW Government on the New Planning System for NSW Green Paper, Australia

Sherry CS, 2012, White Paper: Strata Title in Norfolk Island, Australia

Sherry CS, 2012, Strata and Community Title Discussion Paper, Australia

Sherry CS; Working Party, 2011, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Working Party for the Prevention of Children Falling from Residential Buildings

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

Chisolm R; East S; Sherry C, 1994, Discussion Paper 34 Review of the Adoption of Children Act 1965 (NSW)

Chisolm R; Bailey A; Sherry C; Niles S, 1992, Review of the Adoption Information Act 1990 + Summary Report, Law Reform Commission, 69

Sherry C, 1991, Community Law Reform Program: Unilateral Severance of a Joint Tenancy, NSW Law Reform Commission

Academic of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2017

Winner, Individual Category, Legal Innovation Index 2015

UNSW Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

NSW Department of Training and Education and Australian College of Educators' Award

ACCAL Research Award 2012

  • Cathy Sherry and Peter Butt, White Paper on Strata Title Law, Administration of Norfolk Island, 2011-2, ($93,000)
  • Cathy Sherry, Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant, ‘Connecting to the real world: novel use of Moodle for an authentic understanding of law’, 2015, ($9,050)
  • Leon Terrill, Cathy Sherry and Julian Laurens, Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant, 'Assessing the Impact and Consequences of Closed Book Law Exams', ($4,500)
  • Cathy Sherry, Law Foundation Grant for research project on Maternity leave in the legal profession, 1996, ($2000)

Property law, strata title, community title, liveable cities