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