The same applies with respect to the second category, where a new Protocol has entered into force replacing an earlier one (The 1995 SPA & Bio-Diversity Protocol, The 2002 Prevention & Emergency Protocol, 2002)
With respect to those the 1976 Dumping Protocol, as amended in 1995, and the 1980 LBS Protocol, as amended in 1996) at the international level, the original (unamended) versions of these Protocols continue to be in force, legally binding all Contracting Parties.
Pending the entry into force of these two amended instruments,
the only legal obligation that may be invoked against those
Contracting Parties that have accepted them is the general
obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of a treaty
Provided in Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on
the Law of Treaties, 1969.
1994 Offshore Protocol and the 1996 Hazardous Wastes Protocol, those Contracting Parties that have signed them are under the general obligation not to defeat the object and purpose of a treaty provided in Article 18 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969.