Biography

My DPhil research is on image-based sexual abuse (sometimes known as ‘revenge pornography’ or ‘non-consensual pornography’). My thesis considers the nature of the wrong of image-based sexual abuse, to which end I draw from criminalisation and tort law theory, human rights law and gender-based violence frameworks; and work on the role of consent in criminal law. My project is supervised by Jonathan Herring. 

This project has developed from earlier work. I started working on the issue of image-based sexual abuse in 2014 when I wrote my first Master’s thesis in Jurisprudence on the status of criminalisation of ‘revenge pornography’ in Dutch criminal law. I went on to doing a conceptual analysis of image-based sexual abuse towards a master's thesis in Philosophy.

Besides my DPhil I teach law at several colleges in Oxford, which I very much enjoy doing. I am also the convenor of the medical law and ethics discussion group and the criminal law discussion group.

Before I came to Oxford for my DPhil I taught law at Leiden University. This is also where I studied law and philosophy and obtained master’s degrees in Jurisprudence (LL.M), Philosophy (MA) and Public International Law (LL.M).

Publications

Recent additions

  • MLR Goudsmit, 'What Makes a Sex Crime? : A Fair Label for Image-Based Sexual Abuse' (2021) 2 Boom Strafblad 67
    DOI: 10.5553/Bsb/266669012021002002005
    This article considers why image-based sexual abuse (‘ibsa’) should be classified as a sexual offence. The article briefly considers harmfulness, and then moves to discuss the principle of fair labelling. Classification of offences should be informed by the wrongdoing they address. A conceptual analysis of sexual offences shows that sexual wrongs warrant labelling as sexual offences. The infringement of the right to sexual autonomy in ibsa means the nature of the wrong is sexual. Ibsa should be a sex crime.
  • MLR Goudsmit, 'Criminalising Image-Based Sexual Abuse : An Analysis of the Dutch Law Against 'Revenge Pornography'' (2019) 68 Ars Aequi 442
    This article defines image-based sexual abuse, rejects the term ‘revenge pornography’ and analyses the Dutch bill of article 139h Sr intended to criminalise image-based sexual abuse. Issues regarding the intention of the perpetrator, victim-blaming and the sexual breach of privacy are reviewed in connection to the likely fairness and effectiveness of the bill.
    ISBN: 0004-2870

Case Note (1)

Journal Article (2)

MLR Goudsmit, 'What Makes a Sex Crime? : A Fair Label for Image-Based Sexual Abuse' (2021) 2 Boom Strafblad 67
DOI: 10.5553/Bsb/266669012021002002005
This article considers why image-based sexual abuse (‘ibsa’) should be classified as a sexual offence. The article briefly considers harmfulness, and then moves to discuss the principle of fair labelling. Classification of offences should be informed by the wrongdoing they address. A conceptual analysis of sexual offences shows that sexual wrongs warrant labelling as sexual offences. The infringement of the right to sexual autonomy in ibsa means the nature of the wrong is sexual. Ibsa should be a sex crime.
MLR Goudsmit, 'Criminalising Image-Based Sexual Abuse : An Analysis of the Dutch Law Against 'Revenge Pornography'' (2019) 68 Ars Aequi 442
This article defines image-based sexual abuse, rejects the term ‘revenge pornography’ and analyses the Dutch bill of article 139h Sr intended to criminalise image-based sexual abuse. Issues regarding the intention of the perpetrator, victim-blaming and the sexual breach of privacy are reviewed in connection to the likely fairness and effectiveness of the bill.
ISBN: 0004-2870

Research programmes

Research Interests

Image-Based Sexual Abuse ('Revenge Pornography' / 'Non-Consensual Pornography')

Sexual Offence Legislation 

Discrimination / Equality regulations

Feminist Theory 

Criminal Law 

Jurisprudence

Philosophy

Options taught

Criminal Law (Mods), Medical Law and Ethics (FHS)

Events organised by Marthe Goudsmit

Past events

17 May 2021

Monday - 1:00PM

Structuring judicial discretion at sentencing

Criminal Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Dr Leila Tai

Speaker Affiliation

University of Oxford

Venue

LIVE ONLINE SEMINAR - Please register below

12 May 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Faith, Medicine and Conflict in the Court of Protection: A case study of "RS"

Speaker

Prof Celia Kitzinger

Speaker Affiliation

Cardiff University

Venue

Microsoft Teams

24 Feb 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Patient Autonomy, Freedom of Religion and Free Movement of Patients: Tafida Raqeeb and A

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Speaker

Dr Barend van Leeuwen

Speaker Affiliation

Durham University

Venue

Online via Microsoft Teams

15 Feb 2021

Monday - 1:00PM

Beyond the Present-Fault Paradigm: Remodelling Criminal Mens Rea within the General Part

Criminal Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Dr John Child

Speaker Affiliation

University of Birmingham

Venue

LIVE ONLINE SEMINAR - Please register below

10 Feb 2021

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Dissolving Distinctions: Is there a difference between gene editing for treatment and for enhancement?

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Speaker

Tess Johnson

Speaker Affiliation

The Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

Venue

Online event via MS Teams

25 Nov 2020

Wednesday - 12:30PM

When ‘battery’ is not enough: Exposing the gaps in unauthorised vaginal examinations during labour as a crime of battery

Speaker

Dr. Camilla Pickles

Speaker Affiliation

Durham University

Venue

Online - Microsoft Teams

23 Nov 2020

Monday - 1:00PM

Criminalizing Aconsensual Sex: Bestiality and Necrophilia

Criminal Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Prof Stuart Green

Speaker Affiliation

Rutgers University

Venue

LIVE ONLINE SEMINAR - Please register below

09 Nov 2020

Monday - 9:30AM

Technology Facilitated Sexual Violence: Origins and development of the concept

Criminal Law Discussion Group

Speaker

Dr Anastasia Powell

Speaker Affiliation

RMIT University

Venue

LIVE ONLINE SEMINAR - Please register below

28 Oct 2020

Wednesday - 1:00PM

Am I my leg, is my leg mine, where is my leg? Towards a radical post-amputative freedom of choice

Speaker

Bart Jansen and Rogier Baart

Speaker Affiliation

Nyenrode University

Venue

Online - Microsoft Teams

Research projects