Church & NPO

Legal expertise for research institutions and churches.

Research plays an important role for KPMG Law. Therefore, we know the topics that are relevant for universities and university hospitals, non-university research institutions, researching companies as well as church institutions. We provide comprehensive advice on issues of higher education law, German and European subsidy law, EU state aid law, public procurement law, civil service and disciplinary law, and church law.

Our goal is to develop legally secure solutions that can be implemented in practice, thereby providing reliable and proven assistance to NPOs and church institutions.

Consulting focus

  • Church organizations

    By virtue of the constitutionally guaranteed right of self-determination under Article 140 of the Basic Law in conjunction with Article 137 of the Weimar Constitution, the churches have the right to regulate their own affairs by means of ecclesiastical laws. We support you in the legal challenges in the organization of internal affairs as well as mediation of any resulting disagreements.

  • Non-Profit Organizations: Higher education and science law

    The challenges facing universities and scientific institutions are many and varied. Constantly changing legal requirements, staff shortages and digitization processes are just some of these topics. We support you in the development and implementation of new strategies and advise you on all legal issues related to science and research. Due to our many years of extensive experience, we are also the right contact for you when it comes to legal disputes.

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08.09.2023 | KPMG Law Insights

On the Differentiation of the Concept of Enterprise in Value Added Tax and State Aid Law

The following text is a contribution from our newsletter Cross Section Science. What is an economic activity or an enterprise characteristic under German VAT law does not necessarily have to be so under state aid law (and vice versa). In practice, for example, the classification of a company’s activities as “non-economic” under state aid law […]

15.03.2023 | KPMG Law Insights

The revised 2022 Union Framework for Research, Development and Innovation

The revised 2022 Union Framework for Research, Development and Innovation On October 19, 2022, the revised Union Framework for Research, Development and Innovation entered into force.[1] According to EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, it aims to facilitate “public-private investment in breakthrough innovation and research, as well as testing and trial infrastructure” to support Europe’s environmental […]

22.12.2022 | KPMG Law Insights

Particularities of Public Procurement Law in the Cooperation of Scientific Institutions with their Spin-offs (Part 2)

Legal policy timeliness: When it comes to collaborating with their spin-offs, public-sector scientific institutions have two options in terms of how they can structure it. On the one hand, there is the possibility of passing on subsidies, which is determined by EU state aid law. This topic has already been explained in the first part […]

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