The Annual John M Kelly Memorial Lecture

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is delighted to announce that Professor John Wylie will deliver The Annual John M. Kelly Annual Lecture on March 9th with an introduction by The Hon. Ms. Justice Mary Laffoy.

This year's lecture is titled 'Adverse Possession - Still an Ailing Concept?'

Date: March 9th 2017


  • 6.00pm      Tea & Coffee
  • 6.30pm      Lecture
  • 7.00pm      Reception
Location: UCD Sutherland School of Law

All are welcome to attend, and there is no charge for this event.  We do ask guests to rsvp to by Friday March 3rd.

Professor John Wylie

Prof John Wylie

Professor Wylie holds the degrees of LLB and LLD from Queen's University Belfast and LLM from Harvard University. In 2016 the University of Limerick conferred an Hon LLD on Professor Wylie for services the law reform in Ireland.  He was Frank Knox Fellow at Harvard Law School and held a Fulbright Scholarship to the USA during 1966-67. Professor Wylie held a chair of law at Cardiff from 1979 to 2009, when he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Law. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Cardiff 1980-83, Head of Cardiff Law School 1991-96, and Deputy Principal of University of Wales, Cardiff 1990-93.

Professor Wylie is the leading authority on Irish property law and, apart from his work on law reform, has written the standard texts on land law, conveyancing and landlord and tenant law.  He was Editor of the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 1970-76.

He has acted as a consultant for many years to the Law Societies in both parts of Ireland. He was also appointed leader of the Department of Justice and Law Reform Commission Joint Project on the reform of land and conveyancing law, which resulted in the enactment of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009. He has led other reform projects for the Law Reform Commission and NI Law Commission. He has been a consultant to leading law firm A&L Goodbody for over 20 years.

John M. Kelly (1931-1991)

John M. Kelly was born in Dublin and educated at Glenstal Abbey, UCD, Heidelberg University, Oxford University and the King’s Inns. He studied a number of law courses and qualified as a barrister. He was a fellow and a lecturer at Trinity College Oxford from 1961-65; Professor of Roman Law and Jurisprudence at UCD from 1965; and also edited The Irish Jurist from 1966-73.

As an expert in constitutional law, he had various law publications including: Fundamental Rights in Irish Law, Constituting Roman Litigation, Studies in Civil Jurisprudence of the Roman Republic and The Irish Constitution. John Kelly was elected to Seanad Eireann in 1969 and subsequently served as TD for Dublin South from 1973 - 1989, when he retired from politics. He served as a Junior Minister in the 70s and subsequently as Attorney General, acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Trade and Tourism.

John M. Kelly died suddenly on January 24, 1991 aged 59 years.