Dario Milo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Webber Wentzel, where he leads a team that focuses on media, communications and information law, and commercial and tax dispute resolution.
Dario obtained the degrees of BComm, LLB and LLM in Company Law and Constitutional law from the University of the Witwatersrand. After working as an associate in the Media Law Department, Dario studied for an LLM degree in Communications Law at University College London.
Thereafter, he read for a PhD degree at University College London. His thesis examined privacy, reputation and freedom of the media in the context of the law of defamation and privacy, with particular emphasis on South African, English and US law.
Whilst in London, Dario also qualified as a solicitor of the High Court of England and Wales, and taught Media and Entertainment Law at the University College London and BPP Professional Education plc.
Dario teaches media law, access to information law, and privacy law at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is a visiting associate professor. He is the author of Defamation and Freedom of Speech, published by Oxford University Press, and co-author of the book, A Practical Guide to Media Law.
Highlights from Dario’s career include :
- representing the world-renowned cartoonist Zapiro and various media groups in defamation litigation brought by the President of the African National Congress, Jacob Zuma;
- representing the Goodman Gallery in the claim by the African National Congress and President Zuma in relation to The Spear;
- representing public and private bodies in media litigation and various Promotion of Access to Information Act disputes before the High Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court;
- acting for broadcasters in the successful applications to broadcast the Oscar Pistorius trial, the Pamodzi section 417 enquiry and the Glynnis Breytenbach NPA disciplinary enquiry;
- acting for the media in the successful applications to attend and report on the Judicial Service Commission enquiries into judge John Hlophe and the criminal trial of a minor and an adult for the murder of Eugene Terre’blanche;
- acting in various Constitutional Court cases including Le Roux v Dey; McBride v Citizen; Independent Newspapers v Minister for Intelligence; Mail & Guardian v Refugee Appeal Board; Mail & Guardian v Office of the Presidency; Brummer v Minister for Social Development; and Print Media South Africa v Minister for Home Affairs.
- appearing for clients before various regulatory bodies, including the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa, the Press Ombudsman, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Films and Publications Board, and all their appellate bodies.