Emma Sadleir

Keynote Speaker - Johannesburg
Emma Sadleir


Emma Sadleir is South Africa's leading expert on social media law. Emma Sadleir’s areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a focus on defamation, privacy and social media law.

The company she founded, The Digital Law Company, specialises in educating and advising corporates, employees, schools, parents, teachers, and universities on the legal, disciplinary and reputational risks of social media.

She is an admitted attorney and has a BA LLB (with distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand and an LLM in Information Technology, Media and Communications Law (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, having been awarded a scholarship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust.

She worked in the media litigation department of Webber Wentzel for five years before going on her own to specialise in social media law in April 2013.

Much of her work involves creating social media strategies and policies for corporates and schools, drafting social media agency agreements and providing training and workshops on social media law.

She also teaches media law to journalists and lawyers and lectures personal reputation management on the GIBS MBA.

Emma was an anchor for The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel where, for the duration of the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, she hosted a programme discussing media law and breaking down court proceedings and appeared as a legal commentator for the channel.

Together with Tamsyn de Beer, Emma is co-author of "Don't Film Yourself Having Sex... And Other Legal Advice to See You Through the Age of Social Media", which was published by Penguin Random House in September 2014.

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