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Does how state-like the Houthis are have any effect on the legality of their attacks on Red Sea shipping?

No one has the legal right to attack neutral merchant ships If done by a state actor, this is a war crime. If done by a non-state actor, it’s just a crime.
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Would it have been legal for Ukraine to target the Pollux?

No Neutral merchant ships are not a legitimate war target even if they are carrying contraband. They can legally be stopped, boarded, and, if inspection discovers contraband, seized (and scuttled once ...
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Can just anybody sign the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea?

Acts such as signing a treaty are done under the auspices of the treaty "depositary", in this case the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNCLOS Article 319). The depositary's ...
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Can just anybody sign the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea?

Your question is based on incorrect assumptions. An aspiring nation becomes a nation by being recognized by other nations as a nation, and by being in de-facto control of a territory and by acting as ...
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Does the presence of mercenaries like Ambrey Risk change the legality of Houthi attacks?

No. Firstly, the Houthis do not comprise a body that has a recognised legal right to interfere with shipping in any way at all. Secondly, under international law (and I imagine Yemen's domestic law) ...
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Does how state-like the Houthis are have any effect on the legality of their attacks on Red Sea shipping?

Without international recognition, the Houthis are not a state Unless many states recognize a state, the Houthis are not a state. The internationally recognized state that has the borders where the ...
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