WPF binding ObservableCollection<string> to ItemsControl not working

I have some string property that content need to be parsed, and displayed in separate controls. Let's say there are e-mails and urls separated by whitespaces. Displaying emails works fine, but urls don't. Here's code:

XAML file:

<ScrollViewer Grid.Row="0" Grid.Column="5" >
        <StackPanel Orientation="Vertical">
            <TextBox Name="EmailTextBox"
                     Text="{Binding ElementName=candidatePersonalDataViewControl, Mode=OneWay, Path=Candidate.Email, Converter={StaticResource emailConverter}}"/>

            <ItemsControl ItemsSource="{Binding ElementName=candidatePersonalDataViewControl, Mode=OneWay, Path=UrlsProperty}">
                            <Hyperlink NavigateUri="{Binding Path=/}" 
                                <Run Text="{Binding Path=/}" />
                        <VirtualizingStackPanel Orientation="Vertical" />

C# file:

    private static readonly DependencyProperty CandidateProperty = DependencyProperty.Register("Candidate", typeof(Candidate), typeof(CandidatePersonalDataViewControl));
    public Candidate Candidate
        get { return (Candidate)GetValue(CandidateProperty); }
        set { SetValue(CandidateProperty, value); }

    public CandidatePersonalDataViewControl()
        this.DataContext = this;
        UrlsProperty = new ObservableCollection<string>();

    public ObservableCollection<string> UrlsProperty
        private set;

    private void Grid_LayoutUpdated(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (Candidate == null)
        if (Candidate.Email == null)

        EmailPropertyToEmailsConverter emailConverter = new EmailPropertyToEmailsConverter();
        bool emails = (emailConverter.Convert(Candidate.Email, typeof(string), null, null) as string) != null;
        this.EmailTextBox.Visibility = emails ? Visibility.Visible : Visibility.Collapsed;

        EmailPropertyToUrlListConverter urlConverter = new EmailPropertyToUrlListConverter();
        IList<string> urls = urlConverter.Convert(Candidate.Email, typeof(string), null, null) as IList<string>;
        if (urls != null)
            foreach (string url in urls)

I have debugged Grid_LayoutUpdated and it works fine. It's fired whenever it's needed and UrlsCollection contains desired data. As I said, EmailTextBox displays the data, but ItemsControl is empty all the time. What is more interesing, removing "Path=/" from Hyperlink bindings raises an XAML Parse exception. I've run out of ideas... I have read some topics, but none was helpful

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Path=/ binds to the current item of a collection not the current item that is being templated, usually said current item is the one that is selected (see IsSynchronizedWithCurrentItem). Your DataContext is a string and not a collection, hence trying to bind to a current item via / will fail (see binding errors).

To bind to the current item that is being templated you need to bind directly to the DataContext which can be done via {Binding} or {Binding .}/{Binding Path=.} (if the property requires a Binding.Path choose one of the latter).

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