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. 

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 do a conceptual analysis of image-based sexual abuse towards a Master's thesis in Philosophy.

I very much enjoy teaching. I teach criminal law and tort law at several colleges in Oxford, and Medical Law and Ethics in the Law Faculty. I previously taught jurisprudence. 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).

I convene the criminal law discussion group.

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)

Research projects