1. Introduction 2. The emergence of 'sustainable development' and 'sustainable development law' in the UK 3. Criteria for effective implementation of sustainable development 4. A common understanding : strategies 5. Clear commitment and leadership 6. Stakeholder involvement and efficient knowledge management 7. Mechanisms : institutional and policy integration 8. Mechanisms : the role of legislation 9. Mechanisms : sustainable development indicators 10. Mechanisms : reporting, review, monitoring and accountability 11. 'Shows promise, but must try harder' : taking stock of implementation in the UK 12. Time to get serious : ecological sustainability 13. Compelling action : the case for legislation 14. Moving from rhetoric to reality.