The first of our ‪#‎LadiesofCrawford‬ is an Alumnus!

The first of our ‪#‎LadiesofCrawford‬ is an Alumnus!

Uncategorized - August 8, 2016


Emma Sadleir is a media law consultant and speaker who is based in Johannesburg. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of print and electronic media law, with a particular focus on social media law.

After matriculating from Crawford College Lonehill, she obtained 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, including having been awarded a scholarship from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust to study abroad.

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 students of law and journalism.

Emma does a lot of work with schools and universities, educating parents and pupils on the responsible use of social media, as well as working with teachers in tackling issues such as cyberbullying and pornography in schools.

Emma has been invited to speak at various conferences and events, including the Annual General Meeting of the Law Society in 2012, the Investec CNBC Captains of Industry Dinner in 2013, and 27 Dinners. She currently sits on the eLaw sub-committee of the Law Society of South Africa and lectures personal and brand reputation management on the Gordon Institute of Business Science MBA. She also consults to national sports teams on the effective and responsible use of social media.

Emma is an admitted attorney and worked in the media litigation department of Webber Wentzel for five years before going on her own in April 2013.

Emma is a frequent guest on radio and television and has been interviewed as a social media law expert many times on Carte Blanche, CNBC Africa, ENCA News, 702, Cape Talk, Jacaranda, Kaya FM, Power FM and Goodhope FM. She has been quoted in the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Saturday Star, the Sowetan, City Press, The Star, Pretoria News, Cape Argus, Drum Magazine, Saturday Argus, Beeld, Pretoria News Weekend, Sunday Argus, Engineering News and ITWeb. She has also written papers on Tweeting from court, the regulation of alcohol advertising and liability for user generated content online.

Most recently, her expertise as one of the country’s foremost authorities on Social Media Law, placed her in the spotlight during the Oscar trial with interviews on Carte Blanche and other prominent media channels.

Emma has also decided to share her knowledge with the world through literature, she is the co-author of ‘Don’t film yourself having sex’ which was published in 2014. She is also the co-author of the Social media section of the legal textbook ‘Communications Law’, published in 2015.

Empowering women is something Emma prides herself in, she spoke at the International Bar Association initiative for female business lawyers.

In accordance with Women’s Month, we celebrate Emma’s amazing achievements as a leading female role model in the Law industry. She is a highly intelligent and dynamic young lady who is taking South Africa legally by storm.

To reach Emma contact her on / / @EmmaSadleir