Biography

My DPhil research is on image-based sexual abuse (commonly known as ‘revenge pornography’ or ‘non-consensual pornography’). My main aim is to determine the nature of the wrong of image-based sexual abuse, to which end I consider criminalisation theory, gender-based violence, acts in private vs acts in public and the role of consent. I am supervised by Jonathan Herring.

I started working on this issue 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 write a second Master’s thesis in Philosophy on the issue, in which I made a conceptual analysis of image-based sexual abuse.

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

I keep a website on which I occasionally publish my thoughts on image-based sexual abuse: www.marthegoudsmit.com

Publications

Recent additions

  • 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

Journal Article (1)

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 Interests

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

Sexual Offence Legislation 

Discrimination / Equality regulations

Feminist Theory 

Criminal Law 

Jurisprudence

Philosophy

Options taught

Medical Law and Ethics (FHS)

Events organised by Marthe Goudsmit

Past events

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

11 Mar 2020

Wednesday - 12:15PM

Reimagining the Court of Protection: Experiential Evidence about Mental Capacity

Speaker

Jaime Lindsey

Speaker Affiliation

University of Essex

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

26 Feb 2020

Wednesday - 12:15PM

CANCELLED: Claiming in Contract for Wrongful Conception: Mistakes and Missed Opportunities in ARB v Hammersmith IVF (2019)

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Venue

Seminar Room L (between The Missing Bean cafe & the Bodleian Law Library)

12 Feb 2020

Wednesday - 2:15PM

Abortion and the ‘Montgomery calling’: professional guidelines’ challenges and potentials

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Speaker

Caterina Milo

Speaker Affiliation

Durham University

Venue

Law Board Room - St Cross Building

28 Jan 2020

Tuesday - 12:45PM

An Aide Memoire for a Balancing Act? Arguing against the ‘Balance Sheet’ Approach to Best Interests Decision-Making in Mental Capacity and Family Law

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Speaker

Michael Dunn

Speaker Affiliation

Ethox Centre, University of Oxford

Venue

Faculty of Law - Seminar Room L

Research projects