Honorary doctors of the University of Tartu are eminent and internationally recognised researchers, politicians and cultural figures who have helped to promote the role of the University of Tartu and the Estonian research internationally and notably contributed to building relationships between the University of Tartu and other universities and research institutions of the world. The honorary title was established in 1803. In addition to the title, the university presents honorary doctors with a medal.
Candidates for honorary doctorates may be proposed by five senate members jointly and by the councils of faculties and non-faculty institutions. The senate decides the granting of honorary doctorates at its May meeting.
Honorary doctorates are conferred on 1 December at the ceremony marking the anniversary of Estonian national university.
Honorary Doctors of the University of Tartu School of Law
Christian von Bar
Tarja Kaarina Halonen
Gustav Adolf, Crown Prince of Sweden, later King Gustaf VI Adolf
Karl Robert Brotherus
James Young Simpson
Eugen von Nottbeck
Krahv Mihhail Speranski
Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Gustav Johann von Buddenbrock
Carl Friedrich Meyer