The event to celebrate the beginning of the Project «Strengthening the Independence, Efficiency and Professionalism of the Judiciary in Ukraine» took place on June 18, 2013. This event has launched the activity of the Council of Europe to support Ukraine's efforts on the way of reforming the judicial system in accordance with European standards. Implementation of the Project was possible due to the financial support of the Swedish government. Agreement on beginning the Project was signed in December 2012 in the framework of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2011-2014 by the government of Sweden, represented by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
On March 5, 2013 on the General Meeting of the National Academy of Legal Sciences of Ukraine the foreign member of the scientific council of legal journal "Law of Ukraine" William Elliott Butler, the John Edward Fowler distinguished professor of law, Pennsylvania State University, Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, University of London, Academician of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, Academician of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a renowned scholar in the field of law, a leading expert on the legal systems of the countries — members of the CIS, who actively researches comparative law, international private and public law, was elected a foreign member of NALS of Ukraine.