Patrick McAuslan joined the School of Law as a Professor of Law on a part-time appointment in 1993. For the previous three years he had been working with the United Nations Centre of Human Settlements in Nairobi as a Land Management Adviser and Co-ordinator of the global Urban Management Programme.
Patrick McAuslan studied law at Oxford University between 1957 and 1961 and obtained a BA (Hons Jurisprudence) and BCL degree. He was a founder member of and taught at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1961 to 1966, specialising in Public Law and Land Law. He then taught at the LSE for two years before becoming one of the four founder members of the School of Law of the University of Warwick where he pioneered courses in Planning Law and Environmental Law and also taught Land Law and Public Law. He returned to LSE as Professor of Public Law in 1986 but left in 1992 when he joined UCL as Professor of Urban Management, seconded back to UNCHS(Habitat). He retired from UCL with the title of Professor Emeritus in 1999.
At Birkbeck, Professor McAuslan teaches Land Law (Property I) in the LLB and a module on Land Law and Globalisation in the M.Res. From 2010 he will be participating in the core course of the new LLM in International Economic Law, Justice and Development
Patrick McAuslan was awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours in 2001 for services to African land use and Environment.