3. Defined Terms

In these Regulations, unless the context indicates otherwise, the defined terms listed below shall have the corresponding meanings:

(a) “Abu Dhabi Global Market” has the meaning given in section 1 of the Interpretation Regulations 2015;
(b) “arbitral tribunal” means a sole arbitrator, a panel of arbitrators or an emergency arbitrator appointed pursuant to the rules of arbitration agreed to or adopted by the parties or pursuant to these Regulations;
(c) “Board” has the meaning given in section 1 of the Interpretation Regulations 2015;
(d) “Confidential Information” means any information relating to:
(i) the arbitral proceedings under the arbitration agreement; or
(ii) an award made in those arbitral proceedings;
(e) “Court” means the Court of First Instance;
(f) “court” shall mean any competent court of any State or jurisdiction, including the Court, where applicable;
(g) “Court of First Instance” has the meaning given in section 229(1) of the Court Regulations;
(i) “dispute” includes any difference;
(j) “hearing” includes a procedural hearing or a case management conference prior to or after the presentation of evidence or oral argument;
(k) “legal proceedings” means civil proceedings in the ADGM Courts;
(l) “legislation” includes regulations or rules made under legislation;
(m) “ADGM Founding Law” means Law No. (4) of 2013 concerning Abu Dhabi Global Market, as amended by Law No. (12) of 2020, issued by His Highness the Ruler;
(n) “New York Convention” means the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards adopted by the United Nations Conference on International Commercial Arbitration on 10 June 1958;
(o) “New York Convention Award” means an award made, in pursuance of an arbitration agreement, in the territory of a state which is a signatory to the New York Convention (other than the UAE). An award shall be treated as made at the seat of the arbitration, regardless of where it was signed, despatched or delivered to any of the parties;
(p) “Party Representative” means any person, including an employee of a party, who appears in an arbitration on behalf of a party and makes submissions, arguments or representations to the arbitral tribunal on behalf of such party (other than as a witness or expert), whether or not they hold a legal qualification or are admitted to practice law in any jurisdiction;
(q) “seat” means the juridical seat of the arbitration designated (a) by the parties to the arbitration agreement, or (b) by any arbitral or other institution or person vested by the parties with powers in that regard, or (c) by the arbitral tribunal;
(r) “these Regulations” means the Arbitration Regulations 2015 issued by the Board of Directors of the Abu Dhabi Global Market, as amended in December 2020;
(s) “Ruler” means the ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi;
(t) “third party funding agreement” means an agreement under which a person (“the funder”) agrees to fund (directly or indirectly and in whole or in part) the provision of advocacy or litigation services (by a person other than the funder) to a party in return for a sum payable by the party in specified circumstances; and
(u) “UAE” means the United Arab Emirates.