Research project

Research project

Bridging Law, Technology, and Social Innovation: A Research Project to Improve Real Estate Conflict Resolution and Access to Justice

Real estate transactions are often complex and challenging, especially when hidden defects emerge after closing the deal. Disputes in these situations can be time-consuming, costly, and emotionally draining for both buyers and sellers. To address this issue and enhance access to justice, our research project aims to bridge law, technology, and social innovation by developing an advanced conflict management system that harnesses the power of machine learning, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain.


The primary objective of this research project is to create a comprehensive system for managing conflicts between buyers and sellers in real estate transactions when potential hidden defects are discovered post-closing. By employing machine learning and data analytics, our system will analyze sales contracts, pinpoint potentially problematic clauses, and recommend modifications or provide guidance to the parties involved. Additionally, IoT technologies will be utilized to detect the organization of possible hidden defects before any damage occurs.

AI and Blockchain-driven Conflict Management

Upon identifying a potential issue, our blockchain-based system will initiate a tailored conflict management process specifically designed to optimize the likelihood of reaching a resolution in the shortest possible time. This approach aims to reduce litigation, lower dispute-related costs, and ultimately improve access to justice for both buyers and sellers.

Potential Applications

While the primary focus of our research project is on real estate transactions, the outcomes of this study could also serve to enhance conflict management practices in other types of contractual disputes. By embracing technological advancements and interdisciplinary collaboration, we strive to create a more efficient, accessible, and sustainable legal landscape for all parties involved.

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Université Laval
Charlaine Bouchard, Professeure titulaire

Chaire de recherche sur les contrats intelligents
et la chaîne de blocs — Chambre des notaires du Québec

Pavillon Charles-De Koninck
Bureau 7156
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6

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