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

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  • 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

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

04 Dec 2019

Wednesday - 12:15PM

Commercial Access to Health Data for Public Benefit Research: Charity Law Solutions

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Speaker

Jessica Bell

Speaker Affiliation

University of Oxford

Venue

White & Case Room

13 Nov 2019

Wednesday - 12:00PM

How do doctors decide when to talk about emergency treatment planning? Findings from the ReSPECT Evaluation Study

Medical Law and Ethics Discussion Group Seminar Series

Speaker

Karin Eli

Speaker Affiliation

Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Venue

White & Case Room

01 Nov 2019

Friday - 1:30PM

Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017

Speaker

James Cameron

Speaker Affiliation

University of Melbourne

Venue

Law Faculty - Seminar Room L (BETWEEN THE MISSING BEAN CAFE & THE BODLEIAN LAW LIBRARY)

Research projects